Language loss in the Indian Himalayas

This was a DRAFT, which became published in some other articles, like this one in the Wire. Not all of it was included and most of the images were left out. So, this version presents a more comprehensive picture.

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DOI 10.17605/OSF.IO/4GVPB Patrick McCartney CC-By Attribution 4.0 International

Language-killer = bhāṣā-hantṛ

Drinking for courage, forging ahead, stealing cattle, and humiliating losers

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Patrick McCartney CC-By Attribution 4.0 International @yogascapesinjap DOI 10.17605/OSF.IO/VDQKW

By “battle,” what I mean is the metaphorical battle over the narratives curated on behalf of Yoga. Often, the popular and official narratives that are shared and repeated grow in legitimacy, as time passes. Yet, it is often the case that instead of facts, factoids circulate. In some small way, these irregular posts intend to attenuate the -oids in the fact-…that is, the intention is to address factoids and separate them from the facts.

While it appears commonly held, there is a belief that “namas te” is somehow this ever present term found across the Vedic canon of texts. This…

Double-consciousness and the branding of BIPOC Yoga

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As relative levels of disposable incomes rise it enables more participation in leisure behaviors within the global wellness industry. There is a curious overlap between the consumption of both yoga-inflected lifestyles and skin whitening products, which occurs through the pursuit of spirituality, wellness, beauty, and social justice activism.

What this essays intends to explore is the correlation between the rising consumption of yoga lifestyles and skin whitening products, which is complicated through the activation of yoga as an instrument for social justice through the broader…

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This essay has two parts. The first discusses Sanskrit’s relative rankings within the 2011 and 2001 Indian censuses. The second is a discussion of how Sanskrit is operationalized for strategic soft power applications related to faith-based development.

Part 1: Sanskrit in the Census

As far as historical linguists and sociologists are concerned, Sanskrit became a second language around the beginning of the post-Vedic Period (ca. 500 BCE). This shift, from being a “mother tongue” to becoming a second language is described as a shift to a post-vernacular phase. …

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Last updated Jan 18 2021

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bodhapūrvam calema ;-)

Here is some data I filtered out from 14K rows from the 2011 Indian Census B-series.

The full name of the dataset is Table B-14 Non-Workers By Main Activity, Age, Sex And Religious Community — 2011(India & States/UTs).

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This table I have created shows data related to total numbers of vagrants and beggars. Each row of data is first ordered by total persons. The top shows the national totals and rural and urban. The second looks at state totals above 10k tokens and the next two sections show the same data but filtered for rural and urban figures. The data…

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Representations of the past in service of India’s growing wellness industry

Relative to a global perspective, various national wellness (tourism) markets vary with regard to the development and maturity of the industry. East Asia, particularly Japan, has been a favourite destination for people to rejuvenate their bodies, minds and souls. Compared to India’s wellness market, which is in a formative-growth stage and forecasted to be valued at 6 billion dollars by 2023, it is relatively small when compared to the global wellness industry, which is valued at over 4 trillion dollars. Still, this presents many opportunities for growth. This is particularly so when considering how the global industry and the smaller…

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