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Symbolic Heat
Gender, Health & Worship among the Tamils of South India and Sri Lanka

by Dennis McGilvray


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216 x 280 mm | 8.5 x 11 in
Paperback | 72 pages
38 colour photographs
35 black & white photographs
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978-81-85822-52-5 (Mapin)
978-1-944142-87-7 (Grantha)?
 
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For the Tamils in modern-day South India and Sri-Lanka, a concept of physical and spiritual heat as female energy (sakti) influences their diet, their traditional medical practices, their view of men and women, and their worship of Hindu deities. This cultural viewpoint is interpreted here photographically, by an anthropologist who has conducted firsthand field research in both locations.
Some of the striking interconnections between "cooling" and "heating" foods, Ayurvedic humoral medical treatments, male and female gender relations, popular beliefs about sexuality and the life cycle, and "cooling" rituals of worship for "hot" Hindu goddesses are illustrated in this volume, which had accompanied the Symbolic Heat photographic exhibit mounted by the University of Colorado Museum.

About the Author

Dennis McGilvray is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His ethnographic interests are in South Asia, with a research focus on the Tamils and Muslims of south India and Sri Lanka. 

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Reprint 2006

 
 

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"Symbolic heat, the single guiding force that governs Tamil life, has been portrayed in an interesting and a novel fashion. A colourful and picturesque book…”
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