Bicultural Versatility as a Frontier Adaptation Among Paliyan Foragers of South India (Studies in History & Civilization of India No. 2)

Bicultural Versatility as a Frontier Adaptation Among Paliyan Foragers of South India (Studies in History & Civilization of India No. 2)

By: Peter M. Gardner (author), Richard Borshay Lee (preface_author)Hardback

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This work covers the spectrum of Paliyan culture, from subsistence to medicine and word play, and it details the beliefs and practices which allow Paliyans to achieve their extreme egalitarianism and non-violence. The brief case studies throughout the account not only bring the people to life, they give the reader a sense of the rich, complex texture of Paliyan existance. The study was uses recent perspectives and modes of analysis, situating the foragers in thier time and place and employing tools such as fuzzy-set analyisis.

Contents

The people and the study; life in a zoned enviroment; the food quest; employment and the overall economy; respect, equality and anarchy; social organisation; gods and spirits in everyday life; medical knowledge and practice; words and thoughts; Tamil criticsm and Paliyan response; the gift of Tamil respect; conclusions - Palliyans through time.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773478190
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 280
  • ID: 9780773478190
  • ISBN10: 0773478191

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