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Religion Against the Self : An Ethnography of Tamil Rituals - Isabelle Nabokov

Religion Against the Self

An Ethnography of Tamil Rituals

Hardcover Published: 1st May 2000
ISBN: 9780195113648
Number Of Pages: 256

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This study, based on the author's fieldwork among rural Tamil villagers in South India, focuses on the ways in which people in this society interact with the supernatural beings who play such a large role in their personal and corporate lives. Isabelle Navokov looks at a spectrum of ritualized contexts in which the boundaries between the natural and spiritual worlds are penetrated and communication takes place. Throughout, Nabokov's meticulous analysis sheds new light on this hiterto almost unknown domain - and entire range of fascinating phenomena basic to South Indian religion as it is really lived.

"A provocative and sophisticacted argument that should interest both students of Tamil culture and those interested in the cross-cultural study of ritual and self-hood. A very suggestive work."--Mathew N. Schmalz, E.B. Williams Fellow in Religious Studies, College of The Holy Cross

Introductionp. 3
Painful Crossingsp. 19
Fruit from the Goddessp. 31
In the Grip of Blindnessp. 44
Last Rites for Commanding Relationshipsp. 55
Of Women and Demonsp. 70
The Decapitation of Young Bridesp. 86
Learning to Live with a Split Selfp. 100
Fruit from the Deadp. 114
The Recapitation of Young Groomsp. 125
When Parents are Unsuitable Bridesp. 138
From Feast to Self-Sacrificep. 151
Beyond Process and Separationp. 164
Conclusionp. 179
Notesp. 185
Referencesp. 211
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9780195113648
ISBN-10: 0195113640
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st May 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.83 x 16.2  x 2.11
Weight (kg): 0.58