Servants of the Goddess
The Priests of a South Indian Temple
By (author) C. J. Fuller
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Servants of the Goddess by C. J. Fuller
Book DescriptionThe Minaksi Temple is one of the largest, most celebrated and most popular Hindu temples in India. Situated in the ancient south Indian city of Madurai, it is dedicated to the goddess Minaksi and her husband the god Sundaresvara, a form of the great god Siva. Minaksi's principal servants in the Temple are the priests who carry out all the elaborate rituals for her and Sundaresvara, and these priests are the subject of this book. Drawing upon his extensive field research in the Temple, Dr Fuller discusses the role of the priests in the Temple and their place in the wider society. He looks at their rights and duties in the Temple, and at the changes in their position that have occurred since the establishment of a modern government and legal system. Throughout his book, the author situates his detailed analysis of the Minaksi Temple priesthood within its wider social and historical context, and relates it to the previous work of anthropologists, as well as of historians, Sanskritists and legal scholars.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521040099
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 17-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Camphor Flame, Paperback (July 2004)
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Renewal of the Priesthood, Paperback (November 2003)
Shows that traditionalism and modernity reinforce each other among the priests at the Minakshi Temple. This book also shows that the priests have become more 'professional' and modern-minded while also insisting on the legitimacy of tradition. It concludes by critiquing the analysis of modernity and tradition in social science.
Nayars Today, Paperback (December 1976)» View all books by C. J. Fuller
This 1976 study examines the Nayars of Kerala who, unusually, trace descent through the female line.
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