Baksheesh and Brahman: Indian Journal 1954-1955

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After ten years of intensive study of Indian art and philosophy, Joseph Campbell, at 50, finally embarked on a journey to India. Searching for the transcendent (Brahman), he found instead stark realities: growing nationalism, religious rivalry, poverty, and a prevalent culture of what he called baksheesh, or alms. This journal chronicles the disillusionment and revelation that would change the course of Campbell s life and study, and his transition from professor to counterculture icon. Balancing Campbell s astute explorations of mythology and history are his often amusing observations of a sometimes frustrating alien culture and his fellow Western travelers. This account also includes personal photographs, specially commissioned maps, and illustrations redrawn from Campbell s own hand."

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After ten years' intense study of Indian art and philosophy, Joseph Campbell embarked on a long-postponed journey. Searching for the transcendent, he found instead stark realities: growing nationalism, cultural and religious rivalry, poverty, the impact of foreign aid, and a prevalent culture of what he called "baksheesh", or alms. This journal chronicles the disillusionment and revelation that changed the course of his life.

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