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Author Vadivella Belle, Carl, author.

Title Thaipusam in Malaysia : A Hindu Festival in the Tamil Diaspora / Carl Vadivella Belle.

Publication Info. Singapore : ISEAS Publishing, [2017]

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Description 1 online resource
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Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- 1. Indians in Malaysia: The Social and Ethnic Context -- 2. Tamil Traditions and South Indian Hinduism -- 3. Colonialism, Colonial Knowledge and Hindu Reform Movements -- 4. Hinduism in Malaysia: An Overview 5. Murugan: A Tamil Deity -- 5. Murugan: A Tamil Deity -- 6. The Phenomenology of Thaipusam at Batu Caves -- 7. Other Thaipusams -- 8. Thaipusam Considered: The Divine Crossing -- Conclusions -- Glossary -- Bibliography -- Index -- About the Author -- Pictures
Summary "This is an important book by Carl Vadivella Belle which argues that Hinduism and its manifestations in the diaspora has important significance in binding not only the Hindus but also encourages 'others' to revisit Hinduism, especially in a multicultural society like Malaysia which is dominated by communally infused discourses structured upon race and religion." -Ajaya K. Sahoo, Editor, Journal of South Asian Diaspora "Dr Belle weaves his magical journey over nearly half a century, offering poignant and potent insights into the socio economic and spiritual realities of Hindus in Malaysia. Numerous books may be available on Tamil Traditions and Hinduism in Malaysia, but none seem to have succinctly and encapsulated the very essence and heart of these veritable subjects. I would unreservedly recommend this book, to all those interested in matters pertaining to Indians and Hinduism in Malaysia." -Professor Bala Shanmugam, Academic Director, Federation University, Malaysia "This is a work of immense inspiration. Combining personal pilgrimage with ethnographic perseverance, it is at once a document of ritual power and cultural change and a biography of religious encounter. By becoming the religious Other, Carl Belle creates a new dimension in the understanding of Thaipusam as both ethnic and individual experience. Dauntlessly frank and insightful, it is without doubt a rare achievement." -Raymond Lee, Universiti Malaya (retired).
Language In English.
Finding Aids Available in electronic full text to members of the University via the Library web catalogue.
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Subject Murugan (Hindu deity)
Fasts and feasts -- Hinduism.
Murugan (Hindu deity) -- Cult -- Malaysia.
Thaipusam -- Malaysia.
Fasts and feasts -- Hinduism
Genre/Form Electronic books.
ISBN 9814695831
9789814695831 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. 10.1355/9789814695831.