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Playing Host to Deity: Festival Religion in the South Indian Tradition

Paul Younger


In the South Indian religious tradition, there are grand ten‐day festivals held each year in the streets around the temples, mosques, and churches. This tradition is found not only inTamil Nadu and Kerala but also in Sri Lanka and in a variety of diaspora settings as well. These festivities remind one in certain ways of the earthy, lower class ”carnival” activities of medieval Europe, around which the Soviet scholar, M.M. Bakhtin, built some of his theories, except that the South Indian festivals are intensely religious and still very popular. Festivals that go back to ancient times often refl ... More

Keywords: Buddhist, Christian, diaspora, fire walking, Goddess, Kerala, Muslim, Siva, Sivan, Sri Lanka, Visnu

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195140446
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195140443.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Younger, author
McMaster University