Hair: Its Power and Meaning in Asian Cultures

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Alf Hiltebeitel, Barbara D. Miller
SUNY Press, 1998 - Health & Fitness - 297 pages
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Hair whether present or absent, restored or removed, abundant or scarce, long or short, bound or unbound, colored or natural marks a person as clearly as speech, clothing, and smell. It defines a person s gender, sexual availability and desirability, age, social status, and even political stance. It may also act as a basis for discrimination in treatment by others. While hair s high salience as both sign and symbol extends cross-culturally through time, its denotations are far from universal. Hair is an interdisciplinary look at the meanings of hair, hairiness, and hairlessness in Asian cultures, from classical to contemporary contexts.
The contributors draw on a variety of literary, archaeological, religious, and ethnographic evidence. They examine scientific, medical, political, and popular cultural discourses. Topics covered include monastic communities and communities of fashion, hair codes and social conventions of rank, attitudes of enforcement and rebellion, and positions of privilege and destitution. Different interpretations include hair as a key aspect of female beauty, of virility, as obscene, as impure, and linked with other symbolic markers in bodily, social, political, and cosmological constructs."

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Closed cultures give a preview of what outer beauty as a reflection on tradition. Spritual practices that have paved a concrete culture in ancient civilizations capture imagined tellings through desriptive meanings.
Gender dominated is just a slim description that does not immediatly exemplify either styles. Both authors truly depict the seperated ways that are collided as deeper discoveries are thought of by the reader.
By analysed senseful learnt literations, branching out to modern practices of what a look of outward facial models can relate to the reliegions are even new to us. Ancient culture does define some of time framed beautification, but comparison to practiced presentfully innovative techniques of eras in other propositions may not assume generalized dominant preconcieved notions of stereotypical captures of documentation of human formation.
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there should be orignal photograps of every one connected directly and indirectly and what they part played .with mahabharata , ramayna , adhi gods and devams and vith their avatars .


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Alf Hiltebeitel is Professor in the Department of Religion at George Washington University. He edited Criminal Gods and Demon Devotees: Essays on the Guardians of Popular Hinduism and The Ritual of Battle: Krishna in the Mahaharata, both published by SUNY Press.

Barbara D. Miller is Professor in the Department of Anthropology, George Washington University.

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