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At South Indian village funerals, women cry and lament, men drink and laugh, and untouchables sing and joke to the beat of their drums. No One Cries for the Dead offers an original interpretation of these behaviors, which seem almost unrelated to the dead and to the funeral event. Isabelle Clark-Deces demonstrates that rather than mourn the dead, these Tamil funeral songs first and foremost give meaning to the caste, gender, and personal experiences of the performers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520243149
ISBN-10: 0520243145
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 252
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 22-Feb-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Isabelle Clark-Deces

Isabelle Clark-Deces is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University and the author of Religion against the Self: An Ethnography of Tamil Rituals (2000).

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