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The Indian Sacred Chank

A.P. Lipton (Author) G. Syda Rao (Author) I. Jagadis (Author)

Among the marine molluscan species, a few are known to have magical, ornamental medicinal and sacred attributes. One such important shell is the sacred chank. Turibinellapyrum which possesses all the attributes. The sacred chankhas been revered for centuries in India for its The sacred chank is a shell, a marine mollusc species, which has been revered in India. This work tries to explain the significance of the chank and the use of all its parts for human welfare. It throws light on this species that is of rare occurrence and has been preserved in temples and museums. Pointing to the many different varieties of the chank, it discusses growth, reproductive biology, captive rearing, sea-ranching migratory behaviour of the chank. It also brings out the trade and economic, religious and mythological significance of the chank such as the chank bangle industry in West Bengal, its use for the holy bath of the deities in temples and its use in marriage rituals. It throws light on the researches by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute on the chank bed areas. This book covers growth, reproductive biology, captive rearing, sea-ranching and migratory behavior of this resource In addition, relevant information on the trade, chank bangle industry of West Bengal and the religious and mythological significances are also highlighted in this publication. This book is a scholarly compendium of updated facts and research findings about the sacred chankand is the first of its kind to be published in the past 10 tears.

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Title The Indian Sacred Chank
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2013
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789382263005
length 250p., Illustrations; Chiefly Colour; Maps; 25cm.