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Shiva's Other Children
Religion and Social Identity amongst Overseas Indians


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Anthropology (General)

October 1995 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Focusing on the group labelled `Indians' in Melaka, Malaysia, this book discusses the social, cultural and linguistic diversity in the context of perceived need to create a basis for collective identity and action in an ethnically plural polity. David James Mearns argues that the very richness of Hinduism means that a cultural and cosmological repertoire of wide proportions is available to unite and divide the population.
 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: CONTEXTS: THE HISTORY AND POLITICAL ECONOMY OF MELAKA'S INDIAN CONNECTION
 
The Creation of a Malaysian Indian Population
 
Urban Space, Urban Process
On Structured Structures  
 
PART TWO: THE INDIAN PERSPECTIVE: CONTEMPORARY PATTERNS
 
Domestic Relations and Identity
 
Domestic Ritual and Domestic Space
Practice and Social Identity  
 
Sacred Space, Cultural Space
Hindu Temples and the Reproduction of Identity  
 
Temple Practice
Reproducing the Cosmic Order and Reproducing the Social Order  
 
Mahabharata as Metaphor
 
Sai Baba and Shivaratri
 
Conclusion
Ritual and Context; Dialectics and Structure  

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ISBN: 9780803992498
£35.00