Author Richard S. This is a book about the interactivity and interdependency of tradition, faith, cultural identity and the sentiments of nationhood. The author presents a fascinating in-depth study of this traditional system of knowledge, which serves the medical needs of millions of Indians. While biomedicine may or may not alleviate a patient's physical discomfort, Siddha physicians offer their charges a great deal beyond simple cure: these include affiliation to a timeless and ethnically pure community, culture and civilization, founded on the conception of a long-lost technologically advanced Tamil utopia, coupled with the notion of racial greatness stolen from a now marginalized people.
They along with their ideological fellow-travellers — promoters of Tamil civilization and culture - speak of an antediluvian golden age of Tamil civilization and of traditional medicine, a medicine so sophisticated even in ancient times as to offer its consumers the promise of resistance to all disease and — at least by implication - of immortality. Weiss utilizes the tools of social analysis to qualify and detail the success of Siddha practitioners, documenting how they have successfully acquired authority and credibility in a context of medical choice while illuminating their lives, training, vocations, and aspirations for the future.
This book is a broad and deep study of Siddha medicine, the least understood of the medical 'systems' of India, written with great craft and clarity about immeasurably ancient traditions competing for social respectability as well as scientific credibility in emergent postmodern India, exploring the tense nexus between secrecy and revelation, magic and rationality, and loss and restoration. New Book. Shipped from UK. Established seller since Seller Inventory IQ Delivered from our UK warehouse in 4 to 14 business days.
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View all copies of this ISBN edition:. Synopsis About this title Despite the global spread of Western medical practice, traditional doctors still thrive in the modern world. About the Author : Richard S. Review : "This book is a skillful study of Siddha medicine, the least understood of the medical 'systems' of India.
Based on a pioneering study and interpretation of primary texts, and on fieldwork among practitioners, the book offers illuminating insights, not only into the 19th- and 20th-century reformulation of the influential knowledge system and healing practices of Tamil siddha medicine, but into the ways in which this reformulation has shaped and tapped into Tamil narratives of self and community in modernity. Buy New Learn more about this copy. Customers who bought this item also bought.
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