Aama in America. A Pilgrimage of the Heart by Broughton Coburn PDF

By Broughton Coburn

ISBN-10: 0307787834

ISBN-13: 9780307787835

Vishnu Maya, known as Aama (Mother) via every body in her tiny Nepalese village, used to be dwelling excessive within the Himalayas while she befriended American Peace Corps employee Broughton Coburn in 1974. In 1988, Aama came around him--on a visit prescribed via village clergymen as a manner for the eighty-four-year-old, four-foot-eight girl to earn benefit via creating a tough trip past due in lifestyles.
Aama in Americais a shiny chronicle of what turned a twenty-five-state, coast-to-coast experience. Guided by way of the perpetual interest and deeply religious orientation in their creative, unpredictable trip spouse, Coburn and his fiancée steadily started to view their nation from a completely new standpoint. "Beneath the uniform, advertisement, man-made skin of our country," Coburn writes, "Aama came upon a tradition and panorama that was once alive and sacred, and he or she prompt us towards it."
Aama in the United States is on one point an offbeat American travelogue. yet on one other it's a profound...

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There wasn’t a calculator to be seen. ” “Eighty-four,” I said. ” He turned back to me. “You need to work on your Nepali,” he voiced even more loudly, garrulously, as if trying to break through a language barrier. “ ‘Forty-eight’ is what you must be trying to say. ‘For-tee-eight,’ ” he enunciated again in proper, Sanskritized Nepali, in the manner my language instructor had, exaggerating the articulation of his lips and tongue while raising his eyebrows and bulging his eyes, as additional aids to more effective communication.

In the early spring of this year, seven Brahmin priests came to officiate at my eighty-four-year long-life ritual, the nwaran. So from now on, I’m living on free time—hah! ” Indeed, aspects of the eighty-four-year ritual are identical to the Hindu christening, also called the nwaran, which is done for an infant eleven days after birth. Aama reveled in recounting the ceremony—the music, incense, offerings, flower garlands, goat sacrifice, and arrival of relatives bringing gifts, for which she must reciprocate.

For subsistence farmers, supporting the needs of a deity, especially one who is weak or incapacitated, can be a routine nuisance. The long-life ritual contains elements of a retirement banquet in which the faithful retiree is toasted heartily, though partly out of an unspoken gratitude for his departure. Sun Maya collected the teacups as Didi and I tried to picture the maze of details. Bujay cackled and held her shoulders back and head up primly, parodying the queenly posture adopted by some Gurung mothers of British Army recruits.

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