By Bruce Kapferer
The Sinhalese exorcism rituals are maybe the main complicated and the main remarkable in functionality nonetheless extant. For this moment version, the writer has written a brand new preface and advent within which he argues that the suggestions of therapeutic in Sri Lanka and the aesthetics of this therapeutic can't be diminished to Western psychoanalytic or psychotherapeutic phrases, and develops new and unique methods to ritual and the classy often.
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It is in their control of the temples and the nature of their temple practice that economically and politically powerful families present their claims to high social standing among all karava in the local area. Regular worship appropriate to a Buddhist orthodoxy, as defined by the temple's controlling families, is one basis upon which the families, and others associated with them, rest their claim to local social and political leadership. The support of the karava community as a whole to the organization of temple festivals gives public expression to social and economic affiliations and to internal social and political differentiation within the karava community.
In this, ideology does not necessarily lose its overtly consciously reflected aspect, but, as a result of its implication in a social transformation or radical re-ordering of society, becomes a new orthodoxy. There is another aspect to the routinization of ideology which I s t r e s s . Ideology becomes robed in the cloth of culture and is no longer a dimension of the radical transformation of a social order, but it is rather intricately engaged in the reproduction of social and political inequalities.
A hard hitting, vitriolic polemicist he was fluent in both English and Sinhalese. He ridiculed mercilessly Sinhalese "upper classes" who had become "Westernized" and idealized the glories of the Sinhalese past. 0a:53). The Anagarika's writings exemplify the many dilemmas of a rising capitalist class and its internal oppositions and struggles. g. Anagarika Dhurmupulo 1965:20, 143, 571, 577, 582). The metaphors of the Anagarika's discourse reveal his appeal to the educated, and a scientific rationalism.
A celebration of demons: Exorcism and the aesthetics of healing in Sri Lanka by Bruce Kapferer