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Hair: Its power and meaning in Asian cultures was inspired by an after-dinner discussion between some high powered Asian scholars and, though some of the essays are very sober, some trace of stimulating after-dinner conversation persists in Ganana th Obeyesekere's foreword, with its "root meanings" and "cultural grammars' that are 'loose', like hair itself." -- Times Literary Supplement, July 10, 1998
About the Author
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.
An awful atrocity of the literary genre. It was like the personal notebooks of various authors compiled into an uneven mess. Too many articles, too many footnotes & references to page numbers of other books, too little of pictures. Too many irrelevant points of view. I did not enjoy it. It's only a few hundred pages and is entirely black & white, and it was way to high-priced. Like $24.00. If you're looking for any meaning or pictures of the wonderful & elaborate hair dos of Asia, you will find no information in this horrible book.