Thaipusam	in	Malaysia:	A	Hindu	Festival	in	the	Tamil	Diaspora

Thaipusam in Malaysia: A Hindu Festival in the Tamil Diaspora

by Carl Vadivella Belle

"This is an important book by Carl Vadivella Belle which argues that Hinduism and its manifestations in the diaspora has important significance in binding not only the Hindus but also encourages 'others' to revisit Hinduism, especially in a multicultural society like Malaysia which is dominated by communally infused discourses structured upon race and religion."
Ajaya K. Sahoo, Editor, Journal of South Asian Diaspora

"Dr Belle weaves his magical journey over nearly half a century, offering poignant and potent insights into the socio economic and spiritual realities of Hindus in Malaysia. Numerous books maybe available on Tamil Traditions and Hinduism in Malaysia, but none seem to have succinctly and encapsulated the very essence and heart of these veritable subjects. I would unreservedly recommend this book, to all those interested in matters pertaining to Indians and Hinduism in Malaysia."
Professor Bala Shanmugam, Academic Director, Federation University, Malaysia

"This is a work of immense inspiration. Combining personal pilgrimage with ethnographic perseverance, it is at once a document of ritual power and cultural change and a biography of religious encounter. By becoming the religious Other, Carl Belle creates a new dimension in the understanding of Thaipusam as both ethnic and individual experience. Dauntlessly frank and insightful, it is without doubt a rare achievement."
Raymond Lee, Universiti Malaya (retired)

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Preliminary pages and Introduction
1. Indians in Malaysia: The Social and Ethnic Context
2. Tamil Traditions and South Indian Hinduism
3. Colonialism, Colonial Knowledge and Hindu Reform Movements
4. Hinduism in Malaysia: An Overview
5. Murugan: A Tamil Deity
6. The Phenomenology of Thaipusam at Batu Caves
7. Other Thaipusams
8. Thaipusam Considered: The Divine Crossing
About the Author
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  • Number of Pages : 401
  • Publisher : ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Weight : 600g
  • Product Code : 9789814695756
  • Dimension : 152 x 229 mm

About Author

Carl Vadivella Belle

Carl Vadivella Belle is an independent scholar specializing in Indian studies in Malaysia and Singapore.