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Religious Festivals in South India and Sri Lanka

Guy R. Welbon (Editor) Glenn E. Yocum (Author)

Exciting celebrations in special time, religious festivals are more than colorful public spectacles. They are mirrors and windows in and through which a full range of human values and concerns – whether religious, aesthetic, social, economic and political – can be seen. In this volume, twelve scholars explore various dimensions of meaning in some of the many festivals that are vigorously conducted in South India and Sri Lanka. Approaching their subjects from several interdisciplinary perspectives, the authors base their descriptions and interpretations on primary sources: literary documents, their own first-hand observations, and, frequently, a productive combination of textual and contextual data. The essays included to unravel the technical intricacies and symbolisms of festival calendars; analyze representative festival cycles; and vividly describe and comment on individual festival performances – from the spectacular Citra Festivals in Madurai, Mahasivaratri, asala Peraharas at Kataragama and Kandy to less familiar instances of village festivals, temple festival drama and festive ritual art forms.

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Title Religious Festivals in South India and Sri Lanka
Format Hardcover
Date published: 12.01.2023
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789394262461
length 341p.,