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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.
📒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.
📒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.
📒Ritual Poetry And The Politics Of Death In Early Japan ✍ Gary L. Ebersole
📝Ritual Poetry and the Politics of Death in Early Japan Book Synopsis : This examination of death rituals in early Japan finds in the practice of double burial a key to understanding the Taika Era (645-710 A.D.). Drawing on narratives and poems from the earliest Japanese texts--the Kojiki, the Nihonshoki, and the Man'yoshu, an anthology of poetry--it argues that double burial was the center of a manipulation of myth and ritual for specific ideological and factional purposes. "This volume has significantly raised the standard of scholarship on early Japanese and Man'yoshu studies."--Joseph Kitagawa "So convincing is the historical and religious thought displayed here, it is impossible to imagine how anyone can ever again read these documents in the old way."--Alan L. Miller, The Journal of Religion "A central resource for historians of early Japan."--David L. Barnhill, History of Religions
📒Sacred Places Of Goddess ✍ Karen Tate
📝Sacred Places of Goddess Book Synopsis : Designed to present a diversity of places both sacred and feminine, this coffee table book is filled with photographs from every corner of the world. From the Middle East, to Europe, Africa, and the Americas, the images of feminine divinity presented in this work are as uniform in their beauty as they are diverse in cultural tradition.
📒Rice ✍ Nikky Finney
📝Rice Book Synopsis : In Rice, her second volume of poetry, Nikky Finney explores the complexity of rice as central to the culture, economy, and mystique of the coastal South Carolina region where she was born and raised. The prized Carolina Gold rice paradoxically made South Carolina one of the most oppressive states for slaves and also created the remarkable Gullah culture on the coastal islands. The poems in Rice compose a profound and unflinching journey connecting family and the paradoxes of American history, from the tragic times when African slaves disembarked on the South Carolina coast to the triumphant day when Judge Ernest A. Finney Jr., Nikky’s father, was sworn in as South Carolina’s first African American chief justice. Images from the Finney family archive illustrate and punctuate this collection. Rice showcases Finney’s hungry intellect, her regional awareness and pride, and her sensitivity to how cultures are built and threatened.
📒People On The Move ✍ Ryoji Soda
📝People on the Move Book Synopsis : Based on participant observation and interviews in a village in Sarawak, Ryoji Soda examines outward migration from the village, the migrants' living strategies in urban areas, their frequent moves between rural and urban areas, and kinship relations between rural and urban residents. Focusing on the Iban of Sarawak, one of the major ethnic groups, the study suggests that their movement should be comprehended as a part of their endeavors to expand their living space. With research that spans a decade, People on the Move presents a fresh ethnographic perspective on human mobility, rural-urban interactions, development policy, and family relations.
📒Conversations With Sacred Mountains ✍ Laurence J. Brahm
📝Conversations with Sacred Mountains Book Synopsis : Inspired by James Hilton’s 1933 novel Lost Horizon, Laurence Brahm went in search of the mystical realm of Shangri-la, traveling along the ancient Tea Caravan Trail in Yunnan Province of southwest China. Starting in the capital city of Kunming, Braham traveled from Dali to Lijiang through Yi to Lago Lake and to Zhongdian and Deqin and the sacred Kawagebo Mountain. Each region has its own culture and ethnic tradition and is trying to preserve the old way of life while adapting to the economic realities of modern life and tourism. Along the way, Laurence met various individuals—including the famous Chinese dancer Yang Liping—and learned of a movement of conscious people fighting against the onslaught of modernism to preserve their cultures and identities. They shared with him stories about the misty mountains that stand majestically in this land “south of the clouds,” and explained how such mountains are sacred to all who live in these regions.
📒Letters From Nepal ✍ Douglas Deline
📝Letters From Nepal Book Synopsis : An amusing and captivating story of a Peace Corps volunteer's encounter with a foreign culture, told primarily through photos and extracts from letters sent to his family over a period of two years in the early 1970s. The volume chronicles a simpler time and place as well as intriguing customs, rituals and living conditions in a setting of immense beauty and grandeur.
📒Four Hundred Million Cust ✍ Crow,
📝Four Hundred Million Cust Book Synopsis : "No matter what you may be selling, your business in China should be enormous, if the Chinese who should buy your goods would only do so." But will they?. "400 Million Customers" is essential reading for all foreigners seeking to do business in the booming economies of Asia, and all analysts of globalization and cultural difference. Carl Crow opened the first western advertising agency in Shanghai and ran it for twenty-five years, promoting everything from American lipsticks and moisturizers to French brandy and pharmaceuticals, and nothing was straightforward. In this highly readable account of his work in Shanghai, illustrated with delightful line drawings, Crow uses anecdotes and examples to illustrate the particular challenges of doing business in China. In Crow's time, no foreigners managed to dominate the Chinese market, and today -- when the population of China has trebled - the question remains whether the country is a potential mass market for the west, or a golden illusion. Crow's book remains as apt now as when it was written in 1937, and leading business schools recommend it as one of the best accounts of Chinese business culture.