Overview for Folk Narratives Rituals and Performances: An Intangible Cultural Heritage of Tamil Nadu
Folk Narratives: Rituals and Performances reflects the world-view of the traditional societies and it is considered as an Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of a particular community or society. This study investigates the culture, in a particular sociocultural context, of the multifaceted Tamil society through numerous rituals, offerings, vows, customs, practices, belief systems, performing folk arts, fairs and festivals, dance and music, material culture, etc. which are deeply rooted in their cultural moorings, and practised and closely associated with the folk religion, life-cycle ceremonies and social psychology.
This illustrative monograph systematically documents, investigates and discusses different aspects of ICH of Tamil Nadu — children’s folklore, proverbs, material folk culture, oral narratives, folk gods and goddesses, and ritual practices. A number of colourful photographs enable one to grasp the rich cultural heritage of Tamil Nadu at ease.
The monograph will be of interest to scholars and researchers across humanities and social sciences especially those in folklore, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, religion, ritual studies, art and performance studies. It will also appeal to the general reader.
S. Simon John (Author)
S. Simon John has a Masters and PhD in Folklore. Presently he is working as an Associate Professor in Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies, Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. He has earlier worked in Anthropological Survey for India (Kolkata and Mysore) for ten years and Undertaken extensive research projects on folk cultural practices of Tamil Nadu. The honourable President of India has conferred on him the Young Classical Tamil Scholar Award for the year 2007-08.