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SOAS Lecture Series: Himalayan Ascetics and Mystics with Dr Sondra Hausner Download as iCal file
Thursday 28 February 2013, 18:30 - 20:30

This talk will describe contemporary South Asian sadhus, or ascetics, and consider whether they live up to the legendary roles that have been attributed to them.  Certainly their religious practices, or tapas, are modelled after those of the great mahasiddhas in Himalayan mythology, but being an ascetic in real life poses particular kinds of challenges.  Do all ascetics necessarily aspire towards mysticism -- and do all mystics practice an ascetic lifestyle?

altDr Sondra Hausner AB Princeton MA PhD Cornell, is University Lecturer in the Study of Religion at the University of Oxford, where she teaches the anthropology of religion, especially in South Asia. Her publications include Wandering with Sadhus: Ascetics in the Hindu Himalayas (Indiana University Press, 2007), an ethnography about monastic discipline in contemporary India and Nepal; Women's Renunciation in South Asia: Nuns, Yoginis, Saints, and Singers (edited with Meena Khandelwal and Ann Grodzins Gold, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006); and numerous articles on living and legendary practice in Himalayan religions. Dr Hausner is also affiliated with Oxford’s School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, as well as the Centre for Migration, Policy, and Society (COMPAS). She is a Fellow of St. Peter’s College.

Price: Free / Donation - Suggested Donation £5. Your support helps us to keep offering our free lecture series.

Location: Room V211, SOAS, Vernon Square Campus, London, WC1X 9EW See Map

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