Medusa's Hair: An Essay on Personal Symbols and Religious Experience

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The great pilgrimage center of southeastern Sri Lanka, Kataragama, has become in recent years the spiritual home of a new class of Hindu-Buddhist religious devotees. These ecstatic priests and priestesses invariably display long locks of matted hair, and they express their devotion to the gods through fire walking, tongue-piercing, hanging on hooks, and trance-induced prophesying. The increasing popularity of these ecstatics poses a challenge not only to orthodox Sinhala Buddhism (the official religion of Sri Lanka) but ...

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Medusa's Hair: An Essay on Personal Symbols and Religious Experience
1984, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226616018

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Medusa's Hair: An Essay on Personal Symbols and Religious Experience
1981, University of Chicago Press

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