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Lethal spots, vital secrets : medicine and martial arts in South India, Roman Sieler

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Lethal spots, vital secrets : medicine and martial arts in South India
Title
Lethal spots, vital secrets
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medicine and martial arts in South India
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Roman Sieler
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "Lethal Spots, Vital Secrets provides an ethnographic study of varmakkalai, or "the art of the vital spots," a South Indian esoteric tradition that combines medical practice and martial arts. Although siddha medicine is officially part of the Indian Government's medically pluralistic health-care system, very little of a reliable nature has been written about it. Drawing on a diverse array of materials, including Tamil manuscripts, interviews with practitioners, and his own personal experience as an apprentice, Sieler traces the practices of varmakkalai both in different religious traditions--such as Yoga and Ayurveda--and within various combat practices. His argument is based on in-depth ethnographic research in the southernmost region of India, where hereditary medico-martial practitioners learn their occupation from relatives or skilled gurus through an esoteric, spiritual education system. Rituals of secrecy and apprenticeship in varmakkalai are among the important focal points of Sieler's study. Practitioners protect their esoteric knowledge, but they also engage in a kind of "lure and withdrawal"--A performance of secrecy--because secrecy functions as what might be called "symbolic capital." Sieler argues that varmakkalai is, above all, a matter of texts in practice; knowledge transmission between teacher and student conveys tacit, non-verbal knowledge, and constitutes a "moral economy." It is not merely plain facts that are communicated, but also moral obligations, ethical conduct and tacit, bodily knowledge. Lethal Spots, Vital Secrets is an insightful analysis of practices rarely discussed in scholarly circles. It will be a valuable resource to students of religion, medical anthropologists, historians of medicine, Indologists, and martial arts and performance studies"--
  • "This book provides an ethnographic description of 'the art of the vital spots, ' a South Indian practice combining medical and martial facets. Similar to the merging of martial and medical aspects, the moral and the physical facets of vital spots in conjunction answer to and explain the tradition's particular esoteric nature"--
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Sieler, Roman
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613.7/1480954
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
R607.S68
LC item number
S54 2015
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Medicine, Siddha
  • Martial arts
  • Vitalism
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • RELIGION
  • MEDICAL
  • Gesundheitspolitik
  • Kulturanthropologie
  • Esoterik
  • Volksmedizin
  • Siddha
  • Kalaripayattu
  • Kampfsport
  • Indien
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Distrikt Kanyakumari
  • Médecine
  • Arts martiaux
  • Vitalisme
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Lethal spots, vital secrets : medicine and martial arts in South India, Roman Sieler
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-298) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The vital spots -- Chapter 1. Vital manifestations: marman, marmmam, and varmam spots -- Chapter 2. The vital spots: heterogeneous theories, consistent traditions -- Chapter 3. Dispensary and training ground: medicine and martial arts intertwined -- Chapter 4. Healing the hidden: somatic modes of attending to bodies -- Chapter 5. Virtue and liability: The vital spots between concealment and revelation -- Chapter 6. Embodying secrecy: A moral economy of learning and the transmission of tacit knowledge -- Epilogue: From Tactility to Textuality, from Kanyakumari to the World -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
898157616
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 306 pages
Isbn
9780190243852
Lccn
2014038371
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
99969132189
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)898157616
Label
Lethal spots, vital secrets : medicine and martial arts in South India, Roman Sieler
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-298) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The vital spots -- Chapter 1. Vital manifestations: marman, marmmam, and varmam spots -- Chapter 2. The vital spots: heterogeneous theories, consistent traditions -- Chapter 3. Dispensary and training ground: medicine and martial arts intertwined -- Chapter 4. Healing the hidden: somatic modes of attending to bodies -- Chapter 5. Virtue and liability: The vital spots between concealment and revelation -- Chapter 6. Embodying secrecy: A moral economy of learning and the transmission of tacit knowledge -- Epilogue: From Tactility to Textuality, from Kanyakumari to the World -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
898157616
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 306 pages
Isbn
9780190243852
Lccn
2014038371
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
99969132189
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)898157616

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