Aama in America. A Pilgrimage of the Heart by Broughton Coburn

By Broughton Coburn

Vishnu Maya, known as Aama (Mother) by means of every body in her tiny Nepalese village, was once dwelling excessive within the Himalayas whilst she befriended American Peace Corps employee Broughton Coburn in 1974. In 1988, Aama came visiting him--on a visit prescribed via village monks as a fashion for the eighty-four-year-old, four-foot-eight girl to earn advantage via creating a tricky trip overdue in lifestyles.
Aama in Americais a vibrant chronicle of what turned a twenty-five-state, coast-to-coast event. Guided by way of the perpetual interest and deeply religious orientation in their inventive, unpredictable commute significant other, Coburn and his fiancée steadily started to view their kingdom from a completely new standpoint. "Beneath the uniform, advertisement, man-made dermis of our country," Coburn writes, "Aama came across a tradition and panorama that was once alive and sacred, and she or he recommended us towards it."
Aama in the USA is on one point an offbeat American travelogue. yet on one other it's a profound...

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I rummaged for universal images and examples from nature, something that might work better than my attempt of several years ago, but nothing came through the fuzz of my hangover. ” Aama nodded expectantly as if the punchline of a joke were imminent. “In America it does, too, except that the sun doesn’t actually go around us, it stays in one place while our whole earth turns. ” Aama said, and turned to share a cackle with Tutay’s Mother. They didn’t bother to look back for an answer. I waved an arm in an effort to salvage their attention.

Contents Cover Other Books by This Author Title Page Copyright Dedication Epigraph Acknowledgments Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18 About the Author Chapter 1 I was prepared to hear Aama’s daughter Sun Maya say, “We took her up there,” referring to the site where I had last seen several of Aama’s relatives: the cremation ground. The gnarled roots of a banyan fig tree formed a natural stairway leading upward to a grassy terrace.

Didi’s face reflected Aama’s and Tutay’s Mother’s skepticism, and she nodded as she perused my appearance and stance. My offer to take Aama to America was beginning to sound capricious, if not daunting and improbable. “But if you say so, we’ll believe you,” Aama offered. “You’re my dharma son and are smart—that’s why you were sent here to teach school. ” The operation of a mystical universe where deities flew, shamans diverted hail, and an elephant’s head had been transplanted onto a man’s body was fully explained in the Hindu texts they had heard readings from, but my account was sounding akin to the outlandish theories that children were now bringing home from school.

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