Symbolic Heat: Gender, Health and Worship among the Tamils of South India and Sri Lanka

Symbolic Heat: Gender, Health and Worship among the Tamils of South India and Sri Lanka

by Dennis McGilvray
     
 

ISBN-10: 0944142877

ISBN-13: 9780944142875

Pub. Date: 07/28/2006

Publisher: Mapin Publishing

For the Tamils, an ethnic community in modern-day South India and Sri Lanka, a concept of physical and spiritual heat as female energy (sakti) influences their diet, their traditional medical practices, their view of men and women and their worship of Hindu dieties. This viewpoint has elements in common with beliefs widespread in South Asia but the specific forms they…  See more details below

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For the Tamils, an ethnic community in modern-day South India and Sri Lanka, a concept of physical and spiritual heat as female energy (sakti) influences their diet, their traditional medical practices, their view of men and women and their worship of Hindu dieties. This viewpoint has elements in common with beliefs widespread in South Asia but the specific forms they take in the Tamil-speaking region of eastern Sri Lanka as well as in Tamilnadu, South India, are explained and interpreted photographically here by Dennis McGilvray, a cultural anthropologist who has conducted firsthand field research in both locations. Some of the striking interconnections between 'cooling' and 'heating' foods, male and female relations, popular beliefs about sexuality and the life cycle, and 'hot' Hindu goddesses are illustrated in this volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780944142875
Publisher:
Mapin Publishing
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
72
Product dimensions:
8.33(w) x 11.08(h) x 0.22(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements6
The Tamils8
Symbolic Heat20
Food, Medicine, and Health24
Gender and the Life Cycle36
Hindu Worship54
Suggestions for Further Reading71

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