An 1895 riot in the South Indian town of Kalugumalai is analysed with reference to the spatial and cosmological issues which provided the idiom for the conflict. The paper explains the background to the dispute between Nadars and other local Hindus, which focused on the right to take wedding processions around the town's 'car streets'. Using both historical evidence and contemporary ethnographic observations of temple worship, it shows how Hindu cosmology is expressed in the layout of the town, which becomes an extended precinct of the temple several times each year during maior temple festivals.
|Publication status||Published - 1999|
- Tamil Nadu