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This edited volume in honour of Dr Pittu Laungani brings together renowned names in the field of psychology, who critique Dr Laungani's contribution from various angles.

Through a critical examination of the life and work of Pittu Laungani, one of the leading psychologists in the West, this book explores the nature of cross-cultural psychology, counselling and psychotherapy. It specifically attempts to build bridges between Indian philosophy and the approaches and methods of Western psychology and counselling. Drawing on the works of Pittu Laungani, the various chapters in the book deal with interesting and challenging questions on culture and stress, traditional healing, Hindu spirituality and religion, caste, class and culture and its relationship with the theory and practice of modern counselling psychology.

Much of Laungani's work has been cutting edge in psychology; developing ideas that transcend the boundaries and limitations of both eastern philosophy and western psychologY. A number of international researchers and scholars have brought together specific aspects of South Asian psychology and Laungani's theories and the current thinking in Western counselling and psychotherapy, interweaving them into new ways of practice in the field of health and mental health. This book includes many original articles of Pittu Laungani and commentaries of scholars and academics working in various fields of psychology, counseling and the health care profession in general.

Personal tributes to Pittu Laungani by the likes of Stephen Palmer, Richard Dezoysa and Nicolo Pipitone add another dimension to this otherwise scholarly book.

Religious Rites and Rituals in Death and Bereavement: An Indian Experience
Religious rites and rituals in death and bereavement: An Indian experience

The theme of death is the centrepiece of Anantha Murthy's (1976) remarkable book Samskara. It is set in a small village in South India. The village is dominated and, for all practical purposes, run by a group of orthodox high-caste Brahmin priests, who practice and perform all the rites and rituals in their day-to-day lives in accordance with ancient Vedic teachings. The non-Brahmins who live in the village are dependent on the Brahmins for the performance of all the rites and rituals, the prayers and the sacrifices related to births, marriages and deaths, and for all the ceremonies that need to be performed on ...

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