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📒Sacred Rice ✍ Joanna Davidson
📝Sacred Rice Book Synopsis : Sacred Rice explores the cultural intricacies through which Jola farmers in West Africa are responding to their environmental and economic conditions given the centrality of a crop--rice--that is the lynchpin for their economic, social, religious, and political worlds. Based on more than ten years of author Joanna Davidson's ethnographic and historical research on rural Guinea-Bissau, this book looks at the relationship among people, plants, and identity as it explores how a society comes to define itself through the production, consumption, and reverence of rice. It is a narrative profoundly tied to a particular place, but it is also a story of encounters with outsiders who often mediate or meddle in the rice enterprise. Although the focal point is a remote area of West Africa, the book illuminates the more universal nexus of identity, environment, and development, especially in an era when many people--rural and urban--are confronting environmental changes that challenge their livelihoods and lifestyles.
📒Rice ✍ S. D. Sharma
📝Rice Book Synopsis : During the last nine millennia or so, man has improved the rice plant, increased its productivity and has found various uses of its parts. The story of rice differs from region to region and has been different in different periods of time. There was a time when tax was collected in the form of rice in Japan, the Southeast Asian kingdoms created hydraulic feats for its cultivation and Ottoman armies advanced with rice as their ration. In recent years, there have been riots due to scarcity of rice and also international efforts to produce enough rice to avoid hunger. The book provides an interesting reading of all such events in the course of its 9000 years long history.
📒Ise Nik Sakitake No Ben ✍ Norinaga Motoori
📝Ise Nik Sakitake No Ben Book Synopsis : Reproduces "the reprint of the original blocks initiated by Shinoda Ijuro," Ise Province, ca. 1854-60. Cf. p. 65.
📒Food And Foodways In African Narratives ✍ Jonathan Bishop Highfield
📝Food and Foodways in African Narratives Book Synopsis : Food is a defining feature in every culture. Despite its very basic purpose of sustaining life, it directly impacts the community, culture and heritage in every region around the globe in countless seen and unseen ways, including the literature and narratives of each region. Across the African continent, food and foodways, which refer to the ways that humans consume, produce and experience food, were influened by slavery and forced labor, colonization, foreign aid, and the anxieties prompted by these encounters, all of which can be traced through the ways food is seen in narratives by African and colonial storytellers. The African continent is home to thousands of cultures, but nearly every one has experienced alteration of its foodways because of slavery, transcontinental trade, and colonization. Food and Foodways in African Narratives: Community, Culture, and Heritage takes a careful look at these alterations as seen through African narratives throughout various cultures and spanning centuries.
📒The Flow Of Life ✍ James J. Fox
📝The Flow of Life Book Synopsis : Indonesia east of Bali is perhaps the least known of all major cultural areas of Southeast Asia. Yet the anthropology of the region has long held a prominent place in the development of structuralist theories of marital exchange and symbolic classification. Falling in a distinguished lineage running from van Wouden to Levi-Strauss to Rodney Needham, The Flow of Life presents a comprehensive set of essays by a distinguished group of international scholars, which provides both a full picture of this culturally rich area and an important extension of earlier structuralist theory. This volume is bound to become the standard source on the social anthropology of eastern Indonesia. But it is a work of more than regional significance, providing a variety of empirical resources to address the questions which lie at the bottom of much structuralist thought about mind and society: what is the nature of symbolic thought? how does consciousness intertwine with society and ecology? what is the difference between "primitive" and "modern" society?
📒Balinese Temples ✍ Julian Davison
📝Balinese Temples Book Synopsis : The rich religious tradition and architecture of Bali are on display in this informative guidebook. Bali is an island with literally tens of thousands of temples, a proliferation of religious architecture probably not equaled anywhere else in the world. Each temple is like a model of the universe in miniature, reflecting Balinese assumptions about the nature of the universe and man's place in relation to the gods, the ancestors, and the rest of creation. This book is intended as a general introduction to the architectural symbolism of the typical Balinese temple and the cosmological significance of its layout. The informative text is complemented by dozens of watercolor illustrations and will provide a useful guide to many of the temples that the reader is likely to visit during a stay on the island.
📒The Upper Guinea Coast In Global Perspective ✍ Jacqueline Knorr
📝The Upper Guinea Coast in Global Perspective Book Synopsis : For centuries, Africa's Upper Guinea Coast region has been the site of regional and global interactions, with societies from different parts of the world engaging in economic trade, cultural exchange, and conflict. This book examines how such encounters have continued into the present day.
📒Sacred Songs Of India ✍ V. K. Subramanian
📝Sacred Songs of India Book Synopsis : The Sacred Songs Of India Volume Five, Like Its Four Predecessor Volumes, Encompasses Selections From The Lifework Of Then Mystic Poet-Saints Of India. The Mystic Poet-Sages Included In This Volume Lived Between 7Th And 19Th Century And Came From Such Diverse Regions Of India As Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Kerala, Punjab, Maharashtra And Bengal.They Sang In Different Languages: Tamil, Kannada, Sanskrit, Hindi, Malayalam, Punjabi, Marathi And Bengali. But All Of Them Sang Of The Glory Of God, With Whom Each Had An Intense Spiritual Communion. This Precious Spiritual Legacy Bequeathed By The Mystics Of India Will Be A Perennial Source Of Inspiration For All Scholars Of Indology And A Limitless Repertoire For The Artists In The Fields Of Music, Dance, Drama And Ballet.
📒Padju Epat ✍ Alfred B. Hudson
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📒Balinese Architecture ✍ Julian Davison
📝Balinese Architecture Book Synopsis : Balinese style villas and resorts are popping up everywhere—from Ibiza to St Barts to Singapore. But what is Balinese architecture? And why is it so popular today? Traditional Balinese houses, temples and pavilions are designed to allow man to exist in harmony with the natural forces of the universe—reflecting core Balinese beliefs about man's place in relation to the cosmos, the gods, the ancestors, and the world around him. Innovative local and Western architects have been designing resorts and villas on Bali for decades, drawing their inspiration from these local traditions. In this one-of-a-kind book, author Julian Davison provides a comprehensive guide to Balinese architectural forms, the Balinese belief system, the rituals associated with building, the materials and construction techniques, and the intricate ornamentation used. Over 100 watercolor illustrations and photographs provide a clear picture of the island's architecture as well as an eye-opening look at a culture and a people that have captivated the world's imagination.