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Servants of the Goddess
The Priests of a South Indian Temple

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Author: C. J. Fuller, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Date Published: November 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521040099

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  • The Minaksi Temple is one of the largest, most celebrated and most popular Hindu temples in India. Situated in the ancient south Indian city of Madurai, it is dedicated to the goddess Minaksi and her husband the god Sundaresvara, a form of the great god Śiva. Minaksi's principal servants in the Temple are the priests who carry out all the elaborate rituals for her and Sundaresvara, and these priests are the subject of this book. Drawing upon his extensive field research in the Temple, Dr Fuller discusses the role of the priests in the Temple and their place in the wider society. He looks at their rights and duties in the Temple, and at the changes in their position that have occurred since the establishment of a modern government and legal system. Throughout his book, the author situates his detailed analysis of the Minaksi Temple priesthood within its wider social and historical context, and relates it to the previous work of anthropologists, as well as of historians, Sanskritists and legal scholars.

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    • Date Published: November 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521040099
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.402kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of tables
    Preface
    Notes on transliteration, references and Indian currency
    Glossary
    Key to maps 2 and 3
    1. Minaksi, Sundaresvara and their Temple in Madurai
    2. The priests and hierarchy within the Temple
    3. The relative inferiority of the Brahman temple priest
    4. Kingship, the law and the priests' rights and duties
    5. The government and the Temple
    6. The Āgamas and temple reform
    7. Conclusion
    Appendices
    Notes
    References
    List of cases
    Index.

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    C. J. Fuller, London School of Economics and Political Science

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