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Feeding a thousand souls : women, ritual, and ecology in India : an exploration of the Kōlam / Vijaya Nagarajan.

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John P. Webster Library - West Hartford GT 470 .N34 2019 (Text to phone) 30401147765436 Adult New Book Available -

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-292) and index.
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Beginnings -- Following lines of beauty -- Rituals -- Thresholds -- Āṇṭāḷ -- Designs -- Embodied mathematics -- Competitions : from village to city -- Embedded ecologies and the earth goddess -- Marrying trees and global warming -- Feeding a thousand souls : a ritual of generosity -- Endings.
Summary, etc.:
Every day millions of Tamil women in southeast India wake up before dawn to create a kolam, an ephemeral ritual design made with rice flour, on the thresholds of homes, businesses and temples. This thousand-year-old ritual welcomes and honors Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and alertness, and Bhudevi, the goddess of the earth. Created by hand with great skill, artistry, and mathematical precision, the kolam disappears in a few hours, borne away by passing footsteps and hungry insects. This is the first comprehensive study of the kolam in the English language. It examines its significance in historical, mathematical, ecological, anthropological, and literary contexts. The culmination of Vijaya Nagarajan's many years of research and writing on this exacting ritual practice, 'Feeding a Thousand Souls' celebrates the experiences, thoughts, and voices of the Tamil women who keep this tradition alive.
Subject: Kolam (House marks)
Women, Tamil > Rites and ceremonies.
Hindu decoration and ornament.
Hinduism > Rituals.

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