Through a series of thought–provoking articles, Wind, Life, Health: Anthropological and Historical Perspectives examines people s intimate relationships with the wind. Seeking a balance between detailed ethnography and broad theoretical insights, the editors have gathered a diverse group of contributors whose works illustrate the similar patterns of human/wind relationships across cultures hunters and gatherers in the polar regions, inhabitants of the Malaysian rain forest, Andaman Islands, ancient India, China, Greece, Muslim East Africa, Victorian England, and mountain–dwelling Swiss. We discover how people through history have grappled physically and conceptually with winds and spirits, and how it affected their practice.
Like a breath of fresh air, this pioneering work will lead to a deeper understanding of the ways in which our experience of the wind has influenced our awareness and understanding of the world, and continues to shape our culture.
Introduction (Chris Low and Elisabeth Hsu).
1. Earth, sky, wind, and weather (Tim Ingold).
2. Wafting on the wind: smell and the cycle of spirit and matter (David Parkin).
3. Blowing ′cross the crest of Mount Galeng : winds of the voice, winds of the spirits (Marina Roseman).
4. Khoisan wind: hunting and healing (Chris Low).
5. Time to move: winds and the political economy of space in Andamanese culture (Vishvajit Pandya).
6. The bodily winds in ancient India revisited (Kenneth G. Zysk).
7. The experience of wind in early and medieval Chinese medicine (Elisabeth Hsu).
8. Pneuma between body and soul (Geoffrey Lloyd).
9. Gruff boreas, deadly calms: a medical perspective on winds and the Victorians (Vladimir Jankovic).
10. An ill wind: the Foehn in Leukerbad and beyond (Sarah Strauss).
Chris Low, a postdoctorate at Oxford, holds an ESRC Research Fellowship and is currently involved with research on the changing relationships between animals, Bushmen, and Bushman medicine.