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1 Fred W. Clothey
Religion in India: A Historical Introduction
Routledge; New Delhi, India; 2006; 0415940230 / 9780415940238; First Indian Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Printed Pages: 293 with numerous b/w illustrations. 033585

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2 Fred W. Clothey
Ritualizing on the Boundaries: Continuity and Innovation in the Tamil Diaspora
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2015; 8121512840 / 9788121512848; First Indian Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
For centuries and particularly since the 1830s, Tamils and other South Indians have become part of a diaspora that has scattered their identities and traditions, both real and invented, to cities around the world. In his comparative study of four Tamil resettlements, senior scholar Fred W. Clothey examines the rituals that have traveled with these South Indian communities—Hindu, Muslim, and Christian—and how these practices perpetuate or modify the heritages these groups claim for themselves in their new environs. Clothey looks specifically at settlements in the cities of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Singapore; Mumbai, India; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Describing such settlements as communities living on boundaries, Clothey explores how their existence illustrates divisions among ethnic, local, and global identities; between generations; and between imagined pasts and uncertain futures. He contends that one of the most visible ways expatriated communities negotiate these boundaries is through the use of ritual as manifested in the building of shrines and temples, the celebration of festivals, the perpetuation and modification of performances, and the enactment of ceremonies believed to have ancient roots. In individual chapters Clothey examines the construction of Pittsburgh’s Sri Venkatesvara temple, one of the oldest and most authentic Hindu temples in the United States; explores the transition from temporary to permanent shrines in Singapore’s Hindu community; compares how brahmins in Mumbai and Kuala Lumpur perpetuate subethnic identities in their shrines; and surveys Mumbai’s slums to explore the worlds of Muslims, Christians, and castes of Hindus. He also reflects on the meanings of elaborate festivals in each of these cities and speculates about how the singing of hymns links the singers to their perceived lineage as well as to social configurations in their new homes. Such vignettes reveal how rituals serve to affirm a community’s sense of heritage while at the same time reflecting their present circumstances. Through these case studies of the Tamil diaspora, Clothey suggests that rituals can create a process of being at home away from home. Printed Pages: 261. 037924

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3 Fred W. Clothey with the Poem 'Prayers to Lord Murukan' By A.K. Ramanujan
The Many Faces of Murukan: The History and Meaning of a South Indian God
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2005; 8121511437 / 9788121511438; First Indian Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
This book is a study of one of the most persistent and popular gods in south India and traces the history of the god, dwelling especially on four periods: The earliest known Tamil civilization as portrayed in classical Tamil literature and archeology; The Northern Epic period as depicted in Epic mythology; the Medieval South as depicted in the iconography and literature of the period; and contemporary Tamil Nadu as expressed in the ritual life of the cultus. In each period, an attempt is made to explore the cultural dynamics and symbolic meanings of the deity's mythology and cultic life. The god's development includes stages in which he is a lord of hill and hunt in the Early South; a deity who serves as prototype for both ksatriya and brahmana communities in the Epic North; a god who serves as purveyor of Saiva Siddhanta thought and inspiration of Tamil literature in the Medieval South; and a 'high god' who epitomizes the fullness of regional pride and religious aspiration in contemporary Tamil India. As one of the most popular deities in Tamil India today, Murukan is a particularly apt portrait of how a contemporary people in Asia find identity and meaning through traditional symbols. Murukan's history and meaning combines themes which are classical and 'popular,' 'Sanskrit' and 'Tamil,' traditional and 'modern,' Vaisnava and Saiva. That people of differing walks of life have perceived him in varying, yet consistent, ways even into the present moment, makes the cultus of Murukan a fascinating example of man's persisting quest for meaning and fulfillment. Printed Pages: 268. 032941

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4 Fred W. Clothey with the Poem 'Prayers to Lord Murukan' By A.K. Ramanujan
The Many Faces of Murukan: The History and Meaning of a South Indian God
Mouton; The Hague, The Netherlands; 1978; 9027976325 / 9789027976321; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; Very Good; 
This book is a study of one of the most persistent and popular gods in south India and traces the history of the god, dwelling especially on four periods: The earliest known Tamil civilization as portrayed in classical Tamil literature and archeology; The Northern Epic period as depicted in Epic mythology; the Medieval South as depicted in the iconography and literature of the period; and contemporary Tamil Nadu as expressed in the ritual life of the cultus. In each period, an attempt is made to explore the cultural dynamics and symbolic meanings of the deity's mythology and cultic life. The god's development includes stages in which he is a lord of hill and hunt in the Early South; a deity who serves as prototype for both ksatriya and brahmana communities in the Epic North; a god who serves as purveyor of Saiva Siddhanta thought and inspiration of Tamil literature in the Medieval South; and a 'high god' who epitomizes the fullness of regional pride and religious aspiration in contemporary Tamil India. As one of the most popular deities in Tamil India today, Murukan is a particularly apt portrait of how a contemporary people in Asia find identity and meaning through traditional symbols. Murukan's history and meaning combines themes which are classical and 'popular,' 'Sanskrit' and 'Tamil,' traditional and 'modern,' Vaisnava and Saiva. That people of differing walks of life have perceived him in varying, yet consistent, ways even into the present moment, makes the cultus of Murukan a fascinating example of man's persisting quest for meaning and fulfillment. Printed Pages: 268. Slightly chipped dust jacket. Book is in mint condition. 021963

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