Criminal Gods and Demon DevoteesCriminal Gods and Demon Devotees

See Brenda E. F. Beck , " The Goddess and the Demon , a Local South Indian Festival and its Wider Context , " in Madeleine Biardeau , ed . , Autour de la déesse hindoue , Purusartha 5 ( 1981 ) , 92 , and Meyer , Ankalaparamecuvari , 48 ...

Author: Alf Hiltebeitel

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0887069827


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The Hindu sacred order is guarded by the very gods who violate it and the demons who oppose it. This book is a who's who of such transgressive figures, both familiar and unfamiliar, showing their place within the Hindu order that they violate. It is also a reflection of the serious scholarly debate over the nature and composition of this Hindu order. The chapters range from pan-Hindu deities such as Bhairava and Virabhadra to guardian gods of specific regions and lineages and of different goddess cults. Chapters cover violent themes in SAaivite hagiography, the position of Brahmans in relation to cultic carnivorism, guardian heroes in folk epic, the deified dead, the royal mythology of a "criminal caste," and a wide-ranging overview of transgressive sacrality.

The Cult of Draupadi Volume 1The Cult of Draupadi Volume 1

Ankalaparamecuvari: A goddess of Tamilnadu, her myths and her cult. Ph.D. dissertation. University of Heidelberg (published as Meyer 1986). . 1986. Ankalaparamecuvari: A goddess of Tamilnadu, her myths and cult.

Author: Alf Hiltebeitel

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226340463


Page: 520

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This is the first volume of a projected three-volume work on the little-known South Indian folk cult of the goddess Draupadi and on the classical epic, the Mahabharata, that the cult brings to life in mythic, ritual, and dramatic forms. Draupadi, the chief heroine of the Sanskrit Mahabharata, takes on many unexpected guises in her Tamil cult, but her dimensions as a folk goddess remain rooted in a rich interpretive vision of the great epic. By examining the ways that the cult of Draupadi commingles traditions about the goddess and the epic, Alf Hiltebeitel shows the cult to be singularly representative of the inner tensions and working dynamics of popular devotional Hinduism.

Mother of My Heart Daughter of My DreamsMother of My Heart Daughter of My Dreams

Largely due to an act passed in 1950, which prohibits the slaughter of animals or birds in or near the precincts of temples in the state of Madras, Ankalaparamecuvari has become more of a vegetarian. In most of her temples the ...

Author: Rachel Fell McDermott

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195134353


Page: 456

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This text chronicles the rise and subsequent fortunes of goddess worship (Saktism) in the region of Bengal from the middle of the 18th century to the present. McDermott places the advent of the Sakta lyric in its historical context.

Religion Against the SelfReligion Against the Self

After he did so, the god was requested to call "Amma," the goddess Ankalaparamecuvari, who "came on" a young woman and also expressed her satisfaction with the “puja." Since communication with all these deities proved to be positive, ...

Author: Isabelle Clark-Decès

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195113648


Page: 245

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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 worlds 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.

Splitting the DifferenceSplitting the Difference

Ankalaparamecuvari : A Goddess of Tamilnadu : Her Myths and Cult . Beiträge zur Südasienforschung Südasien - institut , Universität Heidelberg , vol . 107 . Wiesbaden : Steiner Verlag , 1986 . Mills , D. E. A Collection of Tales from ...

Author: Wendy Doniger

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226156419


Page: 396

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Hindu and Greek mythologies teem with stories of women and men who are doubled. This text recounts and compares a range of these. The comparisons show that differences in gender are more significant than differences in culture.

The Routledge Companion to Caste and Cinema in IndiaThe Routledge Companion to Caste and Cinema in India

16. Ko Pazhani discusses the myth in detail in his Makkal Theivangal (People's Deities). One might also look at Evelin Meyer's work, Ankalaparamecuvari: A Goddess of Tamil Nadu, Her Myths and Cult, where she.

Author: Joshil K. Abraham

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000786262


Page: 579

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This companion is the first study of caste and its representation in Indian cinema. It unravels the multiple layers of caste that feature directly and indirectly in Indian movies, to examine not only the many ways caste pervades Indian society and culture but also how the struggle against it adopts multiple strategies. The companion: • critiques Indian cinema production through the lens of anti-caste discourse; • traces the history of films beginning from the early twentieth century, focusing on caste representations across India, including Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi, Tamil as well as silent films; • makes a foray into OTT media; • includes analysis of popular films such as Padmaavat, Masaan, Fandry, Sairat, Sujata, Article 15, Chomana Dudi, Lagaan, Court, Ee.Ma.Yau, Kaala, Pariyerum Perumal, Perariyathavar, among many others, to critique and problematise the idea of caste. A major intervention, this book alters traditional approaches to ‘caste’ in Indian cinemas and society and explores new political strategies implemented through cinematic creation and aesthetics. It will be indispensable for scholars and researchers of film studies, social discrimination and exclusion studies, human rights, popular culture, and South Asian studies. It will also be of interest to enthusiasts of Indian cinematic history.

The South Indian Pentecostal Movement in the Twentieth CenturyThe South Indian Pentecostal Movement in the Twentieth Century

Ankalaparamecuvari. A Goddess of Tamilnadu, Her Myths and Cult. (Beiträge zur Südasienforschung; 107). Stuttgart: Steiner. Mlecko, Joel D.: 1982. The Guru in Hindu Tradition. In: Numen. Leiden. 29: 33-61. Moffatt, Michael: 1979.

Author: Michael Bergunder

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802827340


Page: 401

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Making up approximately 20 percent of South India's Protestants, Pentecostals are an influential part of India's Christian culture, yet there is a distinct lack of scholarly focus on this increasingly large group. This careful, well-informed study by Michael Bergunder ably fills that gap. After a brief historical introduction to the worldwide growth of Pentecostalism, Bergunder delves into the history of the South Indian Pentecostal movement in the first section. The second section gives a systematic profile of the current movement in South India, based on a wide range of source materials and on formal interviews with nearly two hundred leading pastors and evangelists. Bergunder finishes his work with prospects for the future. Three appendixes and an extended bibliography offer ample ground for further research.

Everyday Ethnicity in Sri LankaEveryday Ethnicity in Sri Lanka

Meyer, Eveline (1986) Ankalaparamecuvari: A Goddess of Tamilnadu, Her Myths and Cult. Stuttgart: Steiner Verlag Wiesbaden. Mines, Diane P. (2005) Fierce Gods: Inequality, Ritual, and the Politics ofDignity in a South Indian Village.

Author: Daniel Bass

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780415526241


Page: 250

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Focusing on notions of diaspora, identity and agency, this book examines ethnicity in war-torn Sri Lanka. It highlights the historical development and negotiation of a new identification of Up-country Tamil amidst Sri Lanka's violent ethnic politics. Over the past thirty years, Up-country (Indian) Tamils generally have tried to secure their vision of living within a multi-ethnic Sri Lanka, not within Tamil Eelam, the separatist dream that ended with the civil war in 2009. Exploring Sri Lanka within the deep history of colonial-era South Asian plantation diasporas, the book argues Up-country Tamils form a "diaspora next-door" to their ancestral homeland. It moves beyond simplistic Sinhala-Tamil binaries and shows how Sri Lanka's ethnic troubles actually have more in common with similar battles that diasporic Indians have faced in Fiji and Trinidad than with Hindu-Muslim communalism in neighbouring India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Shedding new light on issues of agency, citizenship, displacement and re-placement within the formation of diasporic communities and identities, this book demonstrates the ways that culture workers, including politicians, trade union leaders, academics and NGO workers, have facilitated the development of a new identity as Up-country Tamil. It is of interest to academics working in the fields of modern South Asia, diaspora, violence, post-conflict nations, religion and ethnicity.

Tamil GeographiesTamil Geographies

Masilamani-Meyer, E. Ankalaparamecuvari: A Goddess of Tamilnadu: Her Myths and Cult. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 1986. Masselos, J. “Appropriating Urban Space: Social Constructs of Bombay in the Time of the Raj.

Author: Martha Ann Selby

Publisher: State University of New York Press

ISBN: 9780791479452


Page: 338

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ÿHow perceptions of land and space influence social and aesthetic conditions in the Tamil region of India. This interdisciplinary work explores how people in the Tamil region of India think about space and land, and how this, in turn, influences the creation of the social and aesthetic world they live in. Contributors focus on the notion of geography in its strictest sense, on verbal descriptions of land and space and how these descriptions build and inform diverse social and aesthetic realities. The essays examine “texts” drawn from a range of time periods and a variety of sources in Tamil culture, including imaginative literature, historical events and narratives, religious rituals, and daily life in contemporary Tamil Nadu. The book clearly demonstrates the ways in which early Tamil aesthetic and linguistic paradigms have survived to the present as living, vital expressions through which contemporary boundaries and social identities are shaped and constructed. “ a wonderfully coherent volume that enables an exploration of continuities and disjuncture over time in the Tamil interdigitation of space, personhood, and emotion.” —ÿJournal of the Royal Anthropological Institute “ a fascinating collection of essays.” —ÿJournal of Oriental Research “A valuable collection of essays.” —ÿReligious Studies Review “This excellent book represents an important contribution to the cultural constructions of space. Through a series of reflections on ways in which people of Tamil Nadu have conceptualized and created and enacted space, over a long period of roughly two millennia, the volume offers a vivid longitudinal portrait based in one particular cultural region.” — Richard H. Davis, Bard College “This is a fascinating collection on conceptions of space in Tamil culture treated from quite varying perspectives. The essays cohere wonderfully, and the reader emerges with a sense of the vibrant reality of this category and of its fluid nature. I found many intriguing and unexpected ideas throughout.” — George L. Hart, University of California at Berkeleyÿ Contributors include Daud Ali, Isabelle Clark-DecŠs, Norman J. Cutler, Sara Dickey, D. Dennis Hudson, Diane P. Mines, Samuel K. Parker, Indira Viswanathan Peterson, Susan Seizer, and Martha Ann Selby.

The Domain of Constant ExcessThe Domain of Constant Excess

Ankalaparamecuvari: A Goddess of Tamilnadu, Her Myths and Cult. Stuttgart: Steiner Verlag Wiesbaden GMBH Michell, George. 1988. The Hindu Temple: An Introduction to its Meaning and Forms. Second edition, first published 1977.

Author: Rohan Bastin

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781789203677


Page: 254

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The Sri Lankan ethnic conflict that has occurred largely between Sinhala Buddhists and Tamil Hindus is marked by a degree of religious tolerance that sees both communities worshiping together. This study describes one important site of such worship, the ancient Hindu temple complex of Munnesvaram. Standing adjacent to one of Sri Lanka's historical western ports, the fortunes of the Munnesvaram temples have waxed and waned through the years of turbulence, violence and social change that have been the country's lot since the advent of European colonialism in the Indian Ocean. Bastin recounts the story of these temples and analyses how the Hindu temple is reproduced as a center of worship amidst conflict and competition.