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Gananath Obeyesekere is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University and is one of the world's leading anthropologists, who has done much work in his home country of Sri Lanka. He completed a B.A. in English (1955) at the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya, followed by an M.A. (1958) and Ph.D (1964) at the University of Washington. Before his appointment to Princeton, Obeyesekere held teaching positions at the University of Ceylon, the University of Washington, the University of California, San Diego.

In the 1990s he entered into intellectual debate with Marshall Sahlins over the rationality of indigenous peoples. Through the details of Captain James Cook's death in the Hawaiian Islands in 1779. At the heart of the debate was how to understand the rationality of indigenous people. Obeyesekere insisted that indigenous people thought in essentially the same way as Westerners and was concerned that any argument otherwise would paint them as 'irrational' and 'uncivilized'. Sahlins, on the other hand, was critical of Western thought and argued that indigenous cultures were distinct from those of the West.

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Total Books: 21
The Awakened Ones Phenomenology of Visionary Experience
2012 - The Awakened Ones Phenomenology of VIsionary Experience (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780231153621
ISBN-10: 0231153627
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
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Land Tenure in Village Ceylon A Sociological and Historical Study
2008 - Land Tenure in VIllage Ceylon a Sociological and Historical Study [Cambridge South Asian Studies] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780521053259
ISBN-10: 0521053250
Genre: History
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Cannibal Talk The Man-Eating Myth and Human Sacrifice in the South Seas
2005 - Cannibal Talk the Man-eating Myth and Human Sacrifice in the South Seas (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780520243071
ISBN-10: 0520243072
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Karma and Rebirth A Cross Cultural Study
2005 - Karma and Rebirth a Cross Cultural Study (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9788120826090
ISBN-10: 8120826094
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
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Imagining Karma Ethical Transformation in Amerindian Buddhist and Greek Rebirth
The Apotheosis of Captain Cook
The Apotheosis of Captain Cook European Mythmaking in the Pacific
1992 - The Apotheosis of Captain Cook European Mythmaking in the Pacific (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780691056807
ISBN-10: 0691056803
Genres: History, Nonfiction
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The Work of Culture  Symbolic Transformation in Psychoanalysis and Anthropology
1990 - The Work of Culture Symbolic Transformation in Psychoanalysis and Anthropology [Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780226615981
ISBN-10: 0226615987
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nonfiction
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Buddhism Transformed
1990 - Buddhism Transformed (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780691019017
ISBN-10: 0691019010
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Buddhism Transformed Religious Change in Sri Lanka
1989 - Buddhism Transformed Religious Change in Sri Lanka (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780691073330
ISBN-10: 0691073333
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality
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Medusa's Hair  An Essay on Personal Symbols and Religious Experience
The Cult of the Goddess Pattini
1984 - The Cult of the Goddess Pattini (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780226616025
ISBN-10: 0226616029
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
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Medusa's Hair An Essay on Personal Symbols and Religious Experience