Chapter

The Hall of Mirrors

William S. Sax

in Dancing the Self

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780195139150
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199871650 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195139151.003.0009
 The Hall of Mirrors

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Describes the author's first encounter with the local god Someshvara, also known as Duryodhana. Here, the identity of the god himself is disputed amongst local people. In describing this dispute, the author takes issue with Edward Said and others who claim that anthropology always denigrates and ”otherizes” its objects. The author argues instead that anthropologists, like all people, define themselves only in relation to others.

Keywords: anthropology; Duryodhana; Orientalism; other; Said

Chapter.  7637 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Hinduism

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