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Title Kusum
Published London, UK : Royal Anthropological Institute, 2000
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (69 min.)
Series Ethnographic video online, volume 2
Summary Kusum is a 14-year-old Indian girl. She lives and attends school in Delhi. Kaushal, her father, drives a motorised rickshaw and works his fingers to the bone to support his family. Sumitra, Kusum's mother, is about to have a baby. Kusum's family is poor, but their life isn't too bad, until Kusum falls ill. She isolates herself, she has raving fits and she refuses to eat properly. Her family takes her to see a doctor, but no physical illness can be found. It's evil spirits, say the neighbours. Kusum, Kaushal and Aunt Suman journey to the neighbouring town of Hapur, where Bhagat the healer lives. Bhagat is well-known throughout the region, and people travel hundreds of miles to see him. Bhagat's methods include conversation, rituals and herbal treatments. Joint trance sessions in which spirits talk constitute the core of his methodology. Should a patient fail to enter a trance, Bhagat's assistant Meena takes the spirits into herself and is entranced on behalf of the patient. Bhagat examines the family and orders treatment
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed Feb. 27, 2013)
Previously released as DVD
This edition in Hindi with English subtitles
Subject Girls -- India -- Social conditions.
Spiritual healing -- India.
Spiritual healing.
India -- Social conditions -- 1947-
Genre/Form Nonfiction films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Aaltonen, Jouko, director, producer