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