Indietro  Divine Encounters: Sacred Rituals and Ceremonies in Asia

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Awarded with the Silver Medal in the Photography Category of the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards.


*Sacred rituals from all over Asia appear for the first time in book form

*An intense look at an Asia hiding in plain sight

*Magnificent and inspirational color photography by highly acclaimed photographer

*Background information on ceremonies and festivals together with images depicting the ceremonies in detail make the book a valuable source for both lovers and students of Asian culture alike

At first sight, Asia's rich and enigmatic culture seems to have fallen victim to the headlong pursuit of material wealth and the onslaught of the fast-food lifestyle.

But look more closely and cracks in the glossy veneer of progress are appearing. Fissures reveal the remarkable survival of age-old traditions and customs, in spite of, or perhaps more accurately, precisely as a result of the rising tide of globalization and the resulting cultural alienation.

For many people throughout Asia, life's crucial decisions such as marriage, moving to a new city or the purchase of property, are too important to be left to the rational mind alone. There are other, more ethereal, forces at work.

Spirits and deities are ubiquitous, their beneficent or malevolent nature can express itself at any time.

As a hedge against future uncertainties these spirits need to be placated, worshipped and feted.

And should misfortune strike, a healer or shaman navigates the spirit realms in search of a cure.

Divine Encounters is a photographic odyssey exploring an Asia hiding in plain sight, resilient and vibrant.

For just behind the neon signs, the marble and stainless steel facades, the luxury cars and glitzy shopping malls, lies a different world. A world revealing itself through elaborate spirit rituals, blood-curdling ceremonies and exuberant festivals taking place all over the continent.

No book touching upon a subject so rich can ever claim to be exhaustive. What I present here is only a cross-section, covering such stalwart centers of spirit interactions as the forests of Papua New Guinea and the grasslands of Mongolia, but also including densely populated Hong Kong, industrialized Japan and the tropical beach paradise of Phuket in Thailand.

Peso: 2 Kg

 

Casa Editrice: Visionary World
Lingua: Inglese
Mese di Uscita: 2019
Pagine: 400
 
 

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