No One Cries for the Dead: Tamil Dirges, Rowdy Songs, and Graveyard Petitions / Edition 1 available in Paperback
At South Indian village funerals, women cry and lament, men drink and laugh, and untouchables sing and joke to the beat of their drums. No One Cries for the Dead offers an original interpretation of these behaviors, which seem almost unrelated to the dead and to the funeral event. Isabelle Clark-Decès demonstrates that rather than mourn the dead, these Tamil funeral songs first and foremost give meaning to the caste, gender, and personal experiences of the performers.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
About the Author
Isabelle Clark-Decès is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University and the author of Religion against the Self: An Ethnography of Tamil Rituals (2000).
Table of Contents
Introduction1. A Different Grief2. Songs of Experience 3. Why Should We Cry?4. Life as a Record of Failure5. Between Performance and ExperienceAppendix A: Four Abridged Versions of the Virajampuhan StoryAppendix B: The Story of Virajampuhan in Tamil Glossary References