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  • Ritual, Caste, and Religion in Colonial South India

    Michael Bergunder, Heiko Frese, Ulrike Schröder (Hrsg.)


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    Halle 2010
    386 Seiten, br.
    Neue Hallesche Berichte, Bd. 9
    ISBN: 978-3-447-96377-7
    15,80 €


    This book explores the impact that notions of ritual, caste, and religion had on society in 19-20th centura colonial South India. The authors present detailed studies of Tamil and Telugu sources, with a particular focus on the newly established print media of the time. They show how these concepts played a crucial role in the formation of social, cultural and religious identities.

    Michael Bergunder is Professor of the History of Religions and Intercultural Theology at the University of Heidelberg. His particular area of academid research lies in Tamil religious developments since the 18th century.

    Heiko Frese is an indologist and historian, affiliated to the University of Heidelberg. His areas of interest include modern Indian history, especially 19th century Telugu culture.

    Ulrike Schröder currently works in the collaborative research center "Ritual Dynamics" at the University of Heidelberg. As part of this wider project, her research focusses on processes of transformation in the South Indian religious context of the 19th Century.



    The Tamil context

    Saiva Siddhanta

    Performing the revival: Performance and performativity in a colonial discourse in South India
    Andreas Nehring

    Saiva Siddhanta as a universal religion: J. M. Nallasvami Pillai (1864–1920) and Hinduism in colonial South India
    Michael Bergunder

    Forging a Tamil caste: Maraimalai Adigal (1876–1950) and the discourse of caste and ritual in colonial Tamilnadu
    Ravi Vaitheespara

    Sustaining the pre-colonial past: Saiva defiance against Christian rule in the 19th century in Jaffna
    Peter Schalk


    No religion, but ritual? Robert Caldwell and The Tinnevelly Shanars
    Ulrike Schröder

    Landscapes of Christianity in colonial South India: The matter of Hindu ritual and Christian conversion, 1870–1920
    Mary E. Hancock

    Witnessing fun: Tamil-speaking Muslims and the imagination of ritual in colonial Southeast Asia
    Torsten Tschacher


    The agraharam: The transformation of social space and Brahman status in Tamilnadu during the colonial and postcolonial periods
    C. J. Fuller and Haripriya Narasimhan

    Vicissitudes of subaltern self-identification: A reading of Tamiḻaṉ
    Gnanasigamony Aloysius

    ‘More Kshatriya than thou!’ Debating caste and ritual ranking in colonial Tamilnadu
    A. R. Venkatachalapathy

    The Telugu context

    Soliloquizing Brahmans: Questions to a Telugu journal from the late 19th century
    Heiko Frese

    Anti-reform discourse in Andhra: Cultural nationalism that failed
    Vakulabharanam Rajagopal

    Multiple lives of a text: The Sumati śatakamu in colonial Andhra
    Velcheru Narayana Rao


    Appendix I
    T. Velayuda Mudaliar vs. N. Chidambaram Iyer on the message of Ramalinga Adigal (From: The Theosophist 4 [1882/1883] 61–64)

    Appendix II
    Sources on the contact between J. M. Nallasvami Pillai and Vivekananda