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No One Cries for the Dead: Tamil Dirges, Rowdy Songs, and Graveyard Petitions

No One Cries for the Dead: Tamil Dirges, Rowdy Songs, and Graveyard Petitions (Paperback)

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At South Indian village funerals, women cry and lament, men drink and laugh, and untouchables sing and joke to the beat of their drums. No One Cries for the Dead offers an original interpretation of these behaviors, which seem almost unrelated to the dead and to the funeral event. Isabelle Clark-Deces demonstrates that rather than mourn the dead, these Tamil funeral songs first and foremost give meaning to the caste, gender, and personal experiences of the performers.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesAnthropologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesEthical issues & debatesEthical issues: euthanasia & right to diePhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSociologySociology: customs & traditionsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSociologySociology: death & dying Publisher: University of California Press Publication Date: 22/02/2005 ISBN-13: 9780520243149  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Isabelle Clark-Deces is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University and the author of Religion against the Self: An Ethnography of Tamil Rituals (2000).

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