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The Yogi Cat of Mamallapuram

Posted December 27th, 2017 at 05:23 AM by ghostexorcist
Updated December 27th, 2017 at 03:33 PM by ghostexorcist

The Yogi Cat of Mamallapuram

By Jim R. McClanahan

I love cats and so does most of the internet. They are the perfect mix of cuteness and ferocity, chubbiness and athleticism, laziness and boundless, fiery energy. Archaeological evidence suggests our feline overlords first self-domesticated themselves as far back as 10,000 years ago in Turkey. They are believed to have entered into a symbiotic relationship with farmers by hunting mice that endangered crops. DNA evidence...
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Historical Narratives in the Mahabharata

Posted April 8th, 2015 at 11:03 PM by tornada
Updated April 9th, 2015 at 12:48 AM by tornada

The Mahabharata is one the longest examples of literature known to Man. It is an epic that has often been described in superlative terms for the breadth of human experience that it covers. Sayings such as “if it has happened in politics, there’s a story in the Mahabharata about it” are common in the various regions and languages of the subcontinent. The Mahabharata is an epic that talks extensively of the nature of politics, of human interactions. At its core, the Mahabharata is as much a text covering...
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Practice Ethnography Proposal

Posted December 12th, 2013 at 07:50 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated November 16th, 2017 at 04:29 AM by ghostexorcist

Practice Ethnography Proposal

(Last update: 12-23-13)

By Jim R. McClanahan

The following is a proposal for a hypothetical ethnographic study. While the cultural side of anthropology is not my academic focus, I believe such a study would be an interesting undertaking.


The election of Nina Davuluri (Miss New York), an Indoamerican woman, as Miss America 2014 resulted in racist comments on twitter conflating her...
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Enmeshed in a Web of Debt: Nineteenth Century India

Posted June 25th, 2012 at 08:07 PM by spellbanisher
Updated July 26th, 2012 at 12:57 AM by spellbanisher

This is a reposting of a contribution to the "How did India go from Being a Rich Country to a Poor Country" thread.

Two of the earliest policies in India were to establish monopolies in key industries such as salt, tobacco, and essential spices, as well as to discourage manufacturing.

The most significant early economic policy of the British was the salt tax. It is said that in hot regions salt is worth more than gold. It was a necessity of life, which is...
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The Last Days of the Empire in India… A Few Words

Posted March 13th, 2012 at 09:32 PM by St. Anselm
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“A historian must make do with such ideas as he has, but he might always try to send them out in better shape.” So wrote Archibald Paton Thornton, that fine historian of the imperial idea and its enemies. This brilliant gentleman’s words came back to me while I was being reprimanded by a schoolteacher a few months back as a consequence of a short speech I had given in class. She was appalled that I had apparently praised a regime that “looted Indians of their dignity”, and “plundered India of its...
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