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Transmutations: Rejuvenation, Longevity, and Immortality Practices in South and Inner Asia

Wujastyk, Dagmar; Newcombe, Suzanne and Barois, Christèle (2017). Transmutations: Rejuvenation, Longevity, and Immortality Practices in South and Inner Asia. History of Science in South Asia, 5(2) i-xvii.

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Abstract

Introduction to Special Issue of Edited Journal - Transmutations: Rejuvenation, Longevity, and Immortality Practices in South and Inner Asia

Wild and diverse outcomes are associated with transmutational practices: the prolongation of life, the recovery of youth, the cure of diseases, invincibility, immortality, enlightenment, liberation from the cycle of rebirths, and unending bliss. This range of outcomes is linked to specific practices taught in separate traditions and lineages in medical, alchemical, yogic and tantric milieus across South and Inner Asia. In this special issue of HSSA, we examine transmutational practices and their underlying concepts in the wider context of South and Inner Asian culture. How do these practices and ideas connect and cross-fertilise? And conversely, how are they delineated and distinct?

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Author
ISSN: 2369-775X
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
European Data Science Academy639363EC (European Commission): FP (inc.Horizon2020, ERC schemes)
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Religious Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 54123
Depositing User: Suzanne Newcombe
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2018 15:52
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2019 23:16
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/54123
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