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Lanes, B.D. (1951). Baronte, G. Twilight in India. [New York: Philosophical Library, 1949. Pp. 382 + xix. 8 plates. $3.75.]. Psychoanal. Rev., 38(1):95-96.

(1951). Psychoanalytic Review, 38(1):95-96

Baronte, G. Twilight in India. [New York: Philosophical Library, 1949. Pp. 382 + xix. 8 plates. $3.75.]

Review by:
B. D. Lanes

India to most represents a land of mysticism and romance. Its beauty is augmented by the mystery of its dance and temples and its incomprehensible religion. These concepts crumble to the dust after reading this book which lashes out mercilessly at this land's antiquated modes of living and thought. Baronte who has lived in India a good twenty i years paints a picture of India which brings into focus many aspects of India's life which are unknown to most. We know the beauty of the Taj Mahal and the opulescence of the Indian Princes and a bit of the filth and squalor to which the greater portion of Indian population is subjected. We also have a token familiarity with what the caste system implies.

Baronte, who is preoccupied only with the Hindu religion, strips the religious connotation from the caste system and labels the caste what they actually are “trade unions”—the “Potters”, the “Weavers”, the “Washers”, the “Toddy Drawers”, the “Carter”. The members of these castes share the same mode of existing and with few exceptions can never escape the confines of this “Religious Iron-Ring”. Doomed are the members of one caste never to look upon a higher caste's face, primarily because of their lowly trade.

Baronte writes considerably on the Hindus preoccupation with sex and the worship of the lingam, the symbol of Siva, god of the force of destruction. The author is by no means objective in his narrative.

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