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The ascetic practice of eating sweets: transcribing oral narrative

Narayan, Kirin


Swamiji, the Hindu holy man whose storytelling was central to my dissertation and first book, sometimes spoke about the concept of tapasya— determinedly focused austerities. Tapasya implies great self-restraint, physical endurance, dedication and concentration; it is often undertaken with a goal in mind. Tapasya generates tapas, heat, transforming a practitioner and granting power. Hindu mythology and folklore are filled with examples of people— particularly religious ascetics, but others...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Interval(le)s II.2-III.1 (Fall 2008/Winter 2009):597-606


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