William Dalrymple’s Nine Lives: In Search of Sacred in Modern India: A Semiotic Analysis of Culture and Language

  • Megha Vijesh
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  • Megha Vijesh

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The expression of culture through language. In most instances, it serves as the foundation for ethnic, regional, national, or even global identity. Like the two sides of a single sheet of paper, language and culture are entangled. Both of them are perceptive and capable of adjusting to changing conditions. Language fully expresses people's values and norms, and as values and norms are inherently changeable, language must adapt to cultural changes. A complicated and analogous relationship exists between language and culture. Language defines, transmits, and sustains culture, which is a creation of the human mind. Without a doubt, there is a symbiotic relationship between language and culture. Through a Semiotic Analysis of "Nine Lives: In Search of the Lost" this paper aims to explore Language and Culture. In this essay, William Dalrymple's "Nine Lives: In Search of Sacred in Modern India" will be used as a case study to examine language and culture through semiotic analysis. By British journalist William Dalrymple, this work is a travelogue that combines anthropological investigation with introspective thought. To choose nine Indians whose lives had been strongly influenced by faith, Dalrymple travelled the nation. With profound insight, he records these lives. India's religious diversity is examined in this nonfiction piece. Language in this novel can be used to identify each character's cultural identity. After fighting against the Chinese invasion of Tibet, a Buddhist monk dedicates the remainder of his life to hand-printing the greatest prayer flags as a kind of restitution to India. As she witnesses her best friend ritually starve herself to death, a Jain nun exercises her capacity for detachment. Nine people, nine lives—each following a different religious path and telling a fascinating tale that reflects the Indian subcontinent's rich cultural diversity.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 4, Page 462 - 468

DOI: https://doij.org/10.10000/IJLMH.113345

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