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Author Walters, Holly,
Title Shaligram Pilgrimage in the Nepal Himalayas / Holly Walters.
Imprint Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, [2020]
Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 0000

Author Walters, Holly,
Subject Rocks -- Himalaya Mountains.
Rocks -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism.
Rocks -- Religious aspects -- Hinduism.
Buddhist pilgrims and pilgrimages -- Nepal -- Mustang (District)
Hindu pilgrims and pilgrimages -- Nepal -- Mustang (District)
Sacred stones -- Nepal -- Mustang (District)
South Asia -- Religious life and customs.
Alt Name Project Muse,
Description 1 online resource (293 pages)
Note Issued as part of book collections on Project MUSE.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages [267]-287) and index.
Contents Living fossils -- Spiral notebooks -- Picked-up pieces -- A mirror to our being -- A bridge to everywhere -- Turning to stone -- River roads -- Ashes and immortality.
Summary For roughly two thousand years, the veneration of sacred fossil ammonites, called Shaligrams, has been an important part of Hindu and Buddhist ritual practice throughout South Asia and among the global Diaspora. Originating from a single remote region of Himalayan Nepal, called Mustang, Shaligrams are all at once fossils, divine beings, and intimate kin with families and worshippers. Through their lives, movements, and materiality, Shaligrams then reveal fascinating new dimensions of religious practice, pilgrimage, and politics. But as social, environmental, and national conflicts in the politically-contentious region of Mustang continue to escalate, the geologic, mythic, and religious movements of Shaligrams have come to act as parallels to the mobility of people through both space and time. Shaligram mobility therefore traverses through multiple social worlds, multiple religions, and multiple nations revealing Shaligram practitioners as a distinct, alternative, community struggling for a place in a world on the edge.
Note Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on November 13, 2020).
ISBN 9789048550142 electronic book
9048550149 electronic book
OCLC # 1201377446
Additional Format Print version: 9789463721721

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