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The Grace of Four Moons: Dress, Adornment, and the Art of the Body in Modern India (Material Culture)

 
 
 
 
The Grace of Four Moons: Dress, Adornment, and the Art of the Body in Modern India (Material Culture)
Author: Pravina Shukla
ISBN 13: 9780253349118
ISBN 10: 253349117
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: 2008-01-17
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 528
List Price: $34.95
 
 

Because clothing, food, and shelter are basic human needs, they provide excellent entries to cultural values and individual aesthetics. Everyone gets dressed every day, but body art has not received the attention it deserves as the most common and universal of material expressions of culture. The Grace of Four Moons aims to document the clothing decisions made by ordinary people in their everyday lives. Based on fieldwork conducted primarily in the city of Banaras, India, Pravina Shukla conceptualizes and realizes a total model for the study of body art — understood as all aesthetic modifications and supplementations to the body. Shukla urges the study of the entire process of body art, from the assembly of raw materials and the manufacture of objects, through their sale and the interactions between merchants and consumers, to the consumer's use of objects in creating personal decoration.

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. . . unique and fascinating volume. . . . For folklorists and cultural anthropologists, this is a treasure trove of information. For students of religion, it provides the material reference to the system of beliefs. . . . Highly recommended.