Community and Worldview Among Paraiyars of South India Paperback

'Lived' Religion

by Anderson H. M. Jeremiah;


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Community and Worldview Among Paraiyars of South India

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This volume presents a detailed ethnographic study of rural Paraiyar communities in South India, focusing on their religions and cultural identity. Formerly known as Dalits, or Untouchables, these are a largely socially marginalised group living within a dynamic and complex social matrix dominated by the caste system and its social and religious implications in India. Through examining Paraiyar Christian communities, the author provides a comprehensive understanding of Paraiyar religious worldviews within the dominant Hindu religious worldview. In contrast to existing research, this volume places the Paraiyars within their wider social context, ascribed and achieved identity, religious symbolism and ritual and negotiation of social boundaries. In arguing that the Paraiyars help us to understand religion as 'lived', the author removes the concept 'religion' from the reified forms it so often obtains in textbooks. Instead, Jeremiah demonstrates that it is only in local and specific contexts, as opposed to essentialised notions, that 'religion' either makes any sense or that theories concerning it can be tested.

Community and Worldview Among Paraiyars of South India by Anderson H. M. Jeremiah was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in June 2014. The ISBN for Community and Worldview Among Paraiyars of South India is 9781472576101.

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Page last updated 19th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (June 2014)
EditionNIPPOD
Weight324g
Number of Pages208
Thickness12 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9781472576101
ISBN-101472576101
Product Code4266898
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