Religion Against the Self: An Ethnography of Tamil Rituals / Edition 1

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Overview


This book provides a holistic description of Hinduism, showing how different types of Hinduism form a "total" or systematic cosmology and repeat crucial values through different symbols. Looking at Tamil religious practices, Isabelle Nabokov reveals that Tamil religion is primarily concerned with transformations of identity and subjectivity, both in this world and in the hereafter.
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"...an extraordinary study in ritual structure, not just in terms of "form" or of issues of the relative ubiquity or uniqueness of Tamil practice, but in how these structures serve as catalysts for wrenching expressions of grief, lament, and life-altering loss."--History of Religions

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195113655
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 Painful Crossings 19
2 Fruit from the Goddess 31
3 In the Grip of Blindness 44
4 Last Rites for Commanding Relationships 55
5 Of Women and Demons 70
6 The Decapitation of Young Brides 86
7 Learning to Live with a Split Self 100
8 Fruit from the Dead 114
9 The Recapitation of Young Grooms 125
10 When Parents are Unsuitable Brides 138
11 From Feast to Self-Sacrifice 151
12 Beyond Process and Separation 164
Conclusion 179
Notes 185
References 211
Index 225
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