Death in Banaras
- Publication date:March 1995
- 12 b/w illus. 6 maps 9 tables
- Dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
- Weight: 0.51kg
As a place to die, to dispose of the physical remains of the deceased and to perform the rites that ensure that the departed attains a "good state" after death, the north Indian city of Banaras attracts pilgrims and mourners from all over the Hindu world. This book is primarily about the priests and other kinds of "sacred specialists" who serve them, about the way in which they organize their business, and about their representations of death and understandings of the rituals over which they preside.