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Saint of Kathmandu: And Other Tales of the Sacred in Distant Lands

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Title: Saint of Kathmandu: And Other Tales of the Sacred in Distant Lands
Author: Levine, Sarah
ISBN: 9780807013120
Publisher: Beacon Press
Published: 2008
Binding: Regular Hardback
Language: English
Condition: Used: Very Good
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Religion & Spirituality 1355421

Publisher Description:
The beauty and complexity of religious beliefs as they are lived out around the world, from a superb scholar and storyteller Contemporary arguments over religion tend toward the abstract: Does God exist--or not? How much credence can be given to an Iron Age text? But during the thirty years that Sarah LeVine carried out research on family life in Africa, Latin America, and Asia she came to see that religious faith is shaped by cultural complexity and constraint, not by abstractions. With the deft evocations of a master storyteller and the exhaustive knowledge of a scholar, LeVine writes of the uneasy relations between Islam and spirit possession in a Nigerian town and between Christianity and witchcraft in a Kenyan village; of Mexican women taking the Virgin Mary as their role model; of a Nepalese teenager's flight from an arranged marriage to ordination as a Buddhist nun and a feminist career; of a Filipina maid in affluent Hong Kong turning to a charismatic Catholic church for support during long separations from her family; and of American Zen Buddhists trying to maintain their community despite a deeply flawed teacher. The Saint of Kathmandu is a window into worlds both far from and similar to our own, and a portrait of faith that sustains in the face of uncertainty and suffering.