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Folk Narratives Rituals and Performances

An Intangible Cultural Heritage of Tamil Nadu by: S. Simon John

This illustrative monograph systematically documents, investigates and discusses different aspects of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Tamil Nadu — children’s folklore, proverbs, material folk culture, oral narratives, folk gods and goddesses, and ritual practices — and enables one to grasp the rich cultural heritage of Tamil Nadu at ease.

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ISBN: 9788124608524
Year Of Publication: 2016
Edition: 1st Edition
Pages : 186p.
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography, Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 900

Overview

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.

Contents

Introduction
1. Children’s Folklore
2. Proverbs and Human Relations
3. Material Folk Culture
4. Performing Folk Arts
5. Folk Gods and Goddesses
6. Oral Narratives
7. Ritual Practices
Appendix
Bibliography

Meet the Author
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1974
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. Later he joined as an Associate Professor at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi and initiated several national research projects and organized a number of national and international programmes. He has completed a number of research projects in collaboration with national institutions and published series of research papers in English and four books in Tamil. The honourable President of India has conferred on him the Young Classical Tamil Scholar Award for the year 2007-08.
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