Religion against the Self : An Ethnography of Tamil Rituals
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 worls are penetrated and communication takes place. Throughout, Nabokov's meticulous analysis sheds new light on this hiterto almost unkown domain - and entire range of fascinating phenomena basic to South Indian religion as it is really lived.
- Hardback | 244 pages
- 162.1 x 238.3 x 21.1mm | 576.07g
- 01 Feb 2002
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
This innovative book explores esoteric practices in Tamil ritual - sorcery, countersorcery, initiatic dreams and visions, sacrifice, and most importantly, possession, usually of deceased relatives - in relation to their social linkages. * Frederick M Smith, Religious Studies Review, Vol 27, No 2, April 2001 * rich in theory and energetic in description * Frederick M Smith, Religious Studies Review, Vol 27, No 2, April 2001 * This conclusion is at odds with many studies of women's ritual. However, it is a voice that deserves to be heard and a book that deserves a wide audience * Frederick M Smith, Religious Studies Review, Vol 27, No 2, April 2001 *