Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Christians of KeralaHistory, Belief and Ritual Among the Yakoba$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Susan Viswanathan

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195647990

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195647990.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 26 March 2019

Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) 1 Introduction
Source:
The Christians of Kerala
Author(s):

Susan Visvanathan

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195647990.003.0001

This introductory chapter begins with brief discussions of the origins of Christianity in Kerala and the pluralism in Kerala society. It describes the ‘private’ world of Christianity in Kerala related to its ethic and world-view, its ritual and ecclesiastical life, with the norms of endogamy determining the level of contact and intimacy between individuals; and its ‘public’ life related to its political affiliation to Hindu kings, its acquiescence to Hindu norms of purity and pollution, its own status and rank consciousness, and its adherence to customs linked with food, language, and culture. The chapter then considers the position of Syrian Christians within the Hindu caste system. This is followed by discussions of the categories of time, space, and the body articulated in social use, which represent the ‘world’ held in common by the Christians and Hindus of Kerala.

Keywords:   Christianity, Kerala society, Syrian Christians, Hindus, caste system, time, space, body

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .