Guardians of Tamilnadu
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Masilamani-Meyer, Eveline: Guardians of Tamilnadu: Folk deities, folk religion, Hindu themes, Heidelberg ; Berlin: CrossAsia-eBooks, 2018 (2004) (Neue Hallesche Berichte, Band 5).

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Die Originalausgabe erschien 2004 beim Verlag der Franckeschen Stiftungen zu Halle, Halle. ISBN: 3-931479-61-7


Eveline Masilamani-Meyer

Guardians of Tamilnadu

Folk deities, folk religion, Hindu themes

Neue Hallesche Berichte

The gods and goddesses that populate the Tamil villages and countryside are rarely called Śiva, Viṣṇu or Pārvāti and yet, they are understood to be forms or aspects of these pan-Hindu deities. Similarly, the ritual performed for the folk deities show traits antagonistic to Brahmanical values and yet, we find in them symbols and myths common to the “high” Sanscritic tradition. In the present work the author traces patterns and structures that help the reader understand the salient features of Tamil folk Hinduism and its differences to and similarities with the “high” tradition.

The book has chapters on the arrangement of the folk deities in the temple, the deities’ place in the ordered and wild space, their relationship with the pan-Hindu gods and goddesses and chapters on how the devotees connect to the folk deities through myths, rituals and worship. The great diversity and richness of the Indian folk religion and the ever greater assimilation of folk cults into the “high” tradition are topics that need to be explored in depth. The present book is a contribution towards this goal.

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I. Introducing the Players
II. Wilderness and Ordered Space
III. Power and Hierarchy within the Temple
IV. Relationships: One is Many, Many are One
V. Stability and Mobility
VI. Contextual Realities - Worship
Appendix I - Further References from other Parts of India
Appendix II - Short Portraits of the Deities
Appendix III - List of Temples
Plates and Tables