Sacred and Profane: Unusual Customs and Strange Rituals
Sachdeva, G S
  • ISBN : 9789353885151
  • year : 2020
  • language : English
  • binding : Softcover
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The battle between scientific temper and superstition has raged since ages. One may believe that unusual rituals and customs are extinct in the times of artificial intelligence and bots, but it is far from the truth as this book will prove. As bizarre as it might seem, in France one can marry a dead person, and in Africa a married woman can marry another married woman as a practical way of solving the social problem of old-age neglect. This book is a collection of unusual superstitions, rituals and customs that are practiced by ordinary people all around the world. It should be read to build awareness about these rituals and to know about the many shades of faith in this world we inhabit. Contents: Foreword by Air Marshal K. K. Nohwar (Retired) Preface Acknowledgements Introduction A Living Deity : Goddesses and Womanhood Marry a Dead Person : Unusual Marriages and Strange Customs Human Sacrifice with Safety Measures : Sacrifices and Penances Feast to the Monkeys : Of Stratified Societies, Festivals and Prasads Hurling Obscenities in Front of a Deity : Celebrating with Abandon Tale of Platonic Love That Bestows Boons : Miracles, Myths and Boons Sadasuhags: The Cross-dressers Veneration of the Oddities and Peculiar Practices Epilogue