Ritualizing on the Boundaries: Continuity and Innovation in the Tamil Diaspora - Studies in Comparative Religion (Hardback)
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Ritualizing on the Boundaries: Continuity and Innovation in the Tamil Diaspora - Studies in Comparative Religion (Hardback)

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Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 30/12/2006
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In his comparative study of four Tamil resettlements, Clothey examines the rituals that have traveled with these South Indian communities - Hindu, Muslim, and Christian - and how these practices perpetuate or modify the heritages these groups claim for themselves in their new environs. Clothey looks specifically at settlements in the cities of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Singapore; Mumbai, India; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Describing such settlements as communities living on boundaries, Clothey explores how their existence illustrates divisions between ethnic, local, and global identities; between generations; and between imagined pasts and uncertain futures. He contends that one of the most visible ways expatriated communities negotiate these boundaries is through the use of ritual - the building of shrines and temples, the use of festivals and performances, and the enactment of ancient ceremonies.

Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781570036477
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 508 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm

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