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Community and Worldview among Paraiyars of South India: 'Lived' Religion (Bloomsbury Advances in Religious Studies)

Jeremiah, Anderson H M

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ISBN 10: 1472576101 / ISBN 13: 9781472576101
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Title: Community and Worldview among Paraiyars of ...

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Binding: Soft cover

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Series: Bloomsbury Advances in Religious Studies. Num Pages: 208 pages, black & white illustrations. BIC Classification: 1FKA; HRAC; HRLM. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 235 x 157 x 12. Weight in Grams: 334. . 2014. NIPPOD. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781472576101

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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.


Book Description: Demonstrates the inadequacy of the category 'religion' by focusing on the Paraiyars of South India, exploring the complexity of religious belief in marginalized indigenous communities.

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