A celebration of demons: exorcism and the aesthetics of healing in Sri Lanka
The Sinhalese exorcism rituals are perhaps the most complex and the most magnificent in performance still extant. For this second edition, the author has written a new preface and introduction in which he argues that the techniques of healing in Sri Lanka and the aesthetics of this healing cannot be reduced to Western psychoanalytic or psychotherapeutic terms, and develops new and original approaches to ritual and the aesthetic in general.
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aesthetic Anagarika Dharmapala Asoka's aspects audience avamangalle avatara berava Buddha caste comedy constituted context cosmic hierarchy cosmic order dancer deities demon palace demonic attack demonic illness demonic possession disorder divine dominant drum Drummer dummala engaged episodes everyday world exorcism ritual exorcists experience Galle ghosts gods Gulma Sanniya household human identity ideology igaha illusion individual Indranie Indranie's Isvara Kalu Yaka karava Kataragama kumbhanda Maha Brahma Mahasona major demon ceremonies major exorcisms Mangara pelapaliya mantra Maru Sanniya meaning middle class midnight watch music and dance myth Nandoris nature navandanna Obeyesekere objectified objective offering basket organization pade paliya panikki patient Pattini polluting present Rata Yakuma reality relation relatives Riri Yaka rite ritual ritual action ritual events role sanni demons Sanni Yakuma Sinhalese Buddhist Sinhalese cultural social and political songs specific Sri Lanka subordination Suniyam supernatural temple tovil traditional trance transformation vidiya Vishnu Wirz women