Journals Higher Education



Published: 21 September 2000

256 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195113655

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Religion Against the Self

An Ethnography of Tamil Rituals

Isabelle Nabokov

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 corpoate 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 unknown domain - and entire range of fascinating phenomena basic to South Indian religion as it is really lived.


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