From Shakuntala to Scheherazade to Marilyn Monroe, from Ancient India and Greece to Medieval Europe to modern cinema, sexual desire and jewelry, particularly rings, have been very often connectead. Why do jewels keep appearing in stories about marriage and adultery, love and betrayal, loss and recovery, identity and masquerade? What is the mythology that makes finger rings symbols of true [or, as the case may be, untrue] love across the world? Wendy Doniger’s new book offers a riveting cross-cultural history of jewellery and its role in seduction, romance and infidelity.
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July - August 2017