Synopses & Reviews
This book provides a holistic description of Hinduism, showing how different types of Hinduism form a "total" or systematic cosmology and repeat crucial values through different symbols. Looking at Tamil religious practices, Isabelle Nabokov reveals that Tamil religion is primarily concerned with transformations of identity and subjectivity, both in this world and in the hereafter.
"...an extraordinary study in ritual structure, not just in terms of "form" or of issues of the relative ubiquity or uniqueness of Tamil practice, but in how these structures serve as catalysts for wrenching expressions of grief, lament, and life-altering loss."--History of Religions
In this comprehensive analysis of South Indian village Hinduism, Isabelle Nabokov shows that a wide spectrum of Tamil rituals effects transformations of identity through similar processual and symbolic operations. She reveals that such operations may lead participants to adopt personalities which are at odds with themselves.