Excessive blood donations: Devotion and Asceticism in India

Jacob Copeman

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Abstract

The banning of paid donation in India in 1998 required HAS innovative strategies on the hand of blood banks and other health institutions in order to Radically Increase levels of voluntary blood donation. Thus far the have-nots Campaigns beens Particularly successful. However, there is one significant success story: over recent years religious movements, in Particular Those led by gurus, Have Become providers importance of voluntarily donated blood THROUGHOUT India. Blood bank doctors astutely Have Recognised the power and intensity of the relationship Between That exists gurus and Their devotees and it enlisted for Their Own collection ends. At the same time, devotees Employ blood donation as a means clustering to transform and enrich the experiential Basis of Their religious lives. This section draws attention to devotional and ascetic aspects to of Indian blood donation practices, Demonstrating how blood donation HAS Developed into a website of creativity and dynamism striking religious.
Translated title of the contributionExcessive blood donations: Devotion and Asceticism in India
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)106-119
Number of pages14
JournalTerrain
Volume56
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011

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