Words of Destiny

Practicing Astrology in North India
SUNY Press; SUNY series in Hindu Studies
  • erschienen am 1. März 2021
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  • 402 Seiten
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Investigates the professional practices of astrologers in urban India and their popularity among the educated middle and upper classes.

Astrologers play an important role in Indian society, but there are very few studies on their social identity and professional practices. Based on extensive fieldwork carried out in the city of Banaras, Words of Destiny shows how the Brahmanical scholarly tradition of astral sciences (jyoti¿sastra) described in Sanskrit literature and taught at universities has been adapted and reformulated to meet the needs and questions of educated middle and upper classes in urban India: How to get a career promotion? How to choose the most suitable field of study for children? When is the best moment to move into a new house?

Caterina Guenzi is Associate Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and member of the Center for South Asian Studies in Paris. Her previous books are available in their French editions.
  • Englisch
  • Albany
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  • USA
State University of New York Press
  • 16,92 MB
978-1-4384-8203-3 (9781438482033)
weitere Ausgaben werden ermittelt
  • Intro
  • Contents
  • Illustrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Approaching Astrology: Standpoints
  • Astrology in South Asia: The Current State of Research
  • Astrology in Banaras: In the Field
  • Note on Transliteration, Translation, and Terminology
  • Part I Institutions
  • Chapter 1 The Many Branches of a Tree: Jyoti?a as a Scholarly Tradition
  • An Auxiliary Discipline
  • Cosmological Associations
  • Division into Branches
  • The Unity of the Discipline
  • Local Knowledge
  • Chapter 2 Professors and Prophecies: Astrology at Universities in Banaras
  • Debating "Useful Knowledge"
  • Astrology as a Vedic Science
  • Departments at Work
  • Research and Rewriting
  • Chapter 3 Sacred Specialists, Modern Professionals: Astrologers between the Temple and the Office
  • A Syncretic Professional Identity
  • Pandits and Doctors
  • Temple, Home, and Office
  • Plates
  • Part II Readings
  • Chapter 4 Horoscopes and Truth: Divinatory Techniques and Their Applications
  • The Horoscope
  • The Question
  • Auspicious Times
  • The Hand, the Body
  • Truth of the Horoscope, Reality of Facts
  • Chapter 5 Karma and Bhagya: The Idea of Destiny in Astrological Consultations
  • Astrology and the Theory of Karma: Antagonism and Complementarity
  • The Allotted Share: The Semantics of Bhagya
  • Finding Out the "Lot"
  • Destiny's Fluctuations: Dasas (Periods) and Yogs (Planetary Conjunctions)
  • Human Mistakes, Cosmic Flaws
  • Chapter 6 Shared Destinies: Kinship Connections in Horoscope Reading
  • Brothers and Sisters
  • Parents and Children
  • Husband and Wife
  • Sa?bandhit Jyoti?, "Connected Astrology"
  • Part III Treatments
  • Chapter 7 Astrology and Possession: Planetary Influence and Middle-Class Afflictions
  • Idioms of Suffering
  • Quarrels and Marriage: Mars and the Ma?gal Do?
  • Sa?he Sati and Saturnian Business
  • Of Snakes and Demons: The Kal Sarp Do?
  • Chapter 8 More or Less Effective: Remedies and Efficacy
  • Price and Efficacy
  • Gods and Planets
  • Tantric Remedies and the Astrologer's Siddhi
  • "Vedic" and "Tantric" Methods
  • The Power of Stones: Rays and Radiations
  • Conclusion
  • The Future of Astrologers
  • Annex: Bachelor's and Master's Syllabi in Jyoti?a at Banaras Hindu University (BHU)
  • Bachelor's (Sastri Parik?a) in Jyoti?a
  • Teaching Program (Pa?hyakrama)
  • First Year (Prathamavar?a)
  • Second Year (Dvitiyavar?a)
  • Master's (Acarya Parik?a) in Jyoti?a
  • Teaching Program (Pa?hyakrama)
  • First Year (Prathamavar?a)
  • Second Year (Dvitiyavar?a)
  • Glossary
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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