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NINE LIVES

An illuminated book that explores with spacious insight and remarkable compassion nine varieties of religious devotion in our nation today. In portraits of persons we might otherwise never know, William Dalrymple purifies his many years of travel in India to discover the challenges faced by practitioners of long-established shape of faith in contemporary India.                                                                                                                     Middle-class woman from Calcutta explore unexpected fulfillment living as a Tantric in a skull-filled cremation isolated ground.  A prison warder from Kerala is worshipped as an incarnate god for two months of every year.  A Jain nun trial her capacity of detachment watching her closest buddy ritually starve herself to death. The twenty-third in a centuries-old line of idol makers struggles to restore friendly relations with his son’s wish to study computer engineering. An illiterate goatherd keeps alive in the memory an ancient 200,000-stanza sacred epic. A temple prostitute, who resisted her own initiation into sex work, propel her daughters into the trade she nonetheless regards as a sacred calling.                                                                   This book is beautiful and fascinating, lyrically written. But lyrical in the sense of descriptive in a way that canvass a picture.                                                                                                                                                 William Dalrymple tells these tales, among others, with a fascinating image to the conscious mind of remarkable circumstance, giving us an extraordinary travelogue of both spirit and place.                                                                                                                                                                         Do you want to dive into reading to enhance your knowledge of religion in India?

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