Warning: include(domaintitles/domaintitle_wiki.exoticindiaart.php3): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/exotic/newexotic/header.php3 on line 761

Warning: include(): Failed opening 'domaintitles/domaintitle_wiki.exoticindiaart.php3' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/exotic/newexotic/header.php3 on line 761

Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Best Deals
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > History > Reminiscing Anthropology
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Reminiscing Anthropology
Pages from the book
Reminiscing Anthropology
Look Inside the Book
Description

Introduction

Ethnography as a study and record of cultures of "natives" by the colonial masters was the beginning of what later has come to be known as Anthropology. It is often said that Anthropology is a hand maiden of colonialism. This colonial beginning, obviously, left its indelible mark on Anthropology for a long time. However, Anthropology has emerged out of this colonial shield quite early, by about the end of nineteenth century itself. In spite of this, the strong stereotypes, biases and ethnocentric view points remain more or less intact and continue to tread on the toes of simple societies. What is more, this kind of ethno-centrism and racism continued till late 80s of twentieth century. It is also true that as one of the pioneering anthropologists of India, Ehrenfels, has noted that there was a marked ambivalence in the attitude of people towards the so called feeble sex. The traditional stereotype of superiority of races and the inferiority of women remained parallel without much of an effort on the part of the anthropologists to set the record straight.

This volume contains nine articles by the pioneering anthropology teachers of University of Madras. Four of them are directly related to the study of matrilineal groups or a study of the cult of the mother goddess. It is also interesting that these studies were published between 1936 and late 50s, and some of the articles represent a very crucial phase of development of anthropology in India. In terms of the broader transition from colonialism to independence this period is very important. The concerns of anthropology started changing considerably during this period. This was also the period when anthropology as an academic discipline was spreading its roots in several universities of India.

The early pioneers of anthropology in India were looking at social behaviour and social values within the frame work of the larger ethnographic mould. Aiyappan's article on 'Marriage by elopement of Paniyans of wynad' is one such article where in he has meticulously built the ethnographic background of the community and then contextualised the practice of marriage by elopement. One of Ehrenfels' three articles included in this volume is an extract from his book titled Kadar of Cochin. Ehrenfels has used a broad ethnographic frame work to present the Kadar culture.

In the second article Ehrenfels presents an elaborate and analytical understanding of matriliny among the Kasi and the Garo. His third article on "South Indian Social structure" is also an attempt to compare the south Indian society and the north Indian. In both these article there is a clear reflection of Ehrenfels' intial training under Schmidt in the Austrian school of diffussionism.

Both Aiyappan and Gopala Krishnan through their articles on Indo-Aryan funeral rite and the cult of Mother-godess respectively have presented another dominant school of anthropological writing influenced by the Indological research. Both of them have used diffussionism as a basis of their interpretation.

Raghavan presents the Ceylonese (now Sri Lankan) social system. In doing so he brings out the historical aspect of how the Ceylonese society evolved and was influenced different forces over a period of time. Obviously Raghavan's concerns include bringing out the pervading influence of Buddism, the influence of the colonial rulers including the Portuguese, Dutch and British.

"Dating the past in Kerala" by Krishna Iyer and "Asthetics in Pre-literate societies" by Gopalakrishnan provide two different perspectives, especially the later one which is a less explored anthropological area. In spite of this variation, the two authors follow a method quite widely used in anthropological research.

All the authors, whose selective works an incorporated in the present volume, were early teachers and researchers in the Department of Anthropology University of Madras. This volume is published to commemorate the pioneering research work done by the teachers of this department.

This volume, hopefully, will also provide a broader view of the anthropological publications over a period 0 two decades beginning with late 30's to late 50's of last century. This volume provides a vintage view for the students and researchers of anthropology a historical background of anthropological research in India at a very crucial time period.

The present volume is being brought out during the Diamond Jubilee Year (2005) of the Department of Anthropology of University of Madras. It is my duty here to acknowledge the help of all my colleagues of the department in planning and execution of the Diamond Jubilee Programmes.

In preparing the manuscript for this volume, I received tremendous and timely help from several individuals including my students, researchers and my colleagues.

I am thankful to the editors of various journals and books, from which the articles incorporated in this volume are drawn. I have acknowledged and cited the source of the articles. I thank all the editors. I am thankful to the university of Madras for providing financial assistance for bringing out this volume.

 

Contents

 

  Introduction  
I Marriage by Elopement among the Paniyans of Wynad 1
II On An Indo-Aryan Funeral Rite 13
III Kadar of Cochin 23
IV Three Matrilineal Groups of Assam: A Study in Similarities and Differences 65
V Towards understanding of South Indian Social Structure 95
VI The Cult of the Mother-Goddess 114
VII Dating the Past in Kerala 132
VIII The Sinhalese and Their Social System 153
IX Aesthetics in Pre-Literate Societies 167
  Index  

 

Sample Pages









Reminiscing Anthropology

Deal 20% Off
Item Code:
NAJ405
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
2005
Language:
English
Size:
8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Pages:
200
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 245 gms
Price:
$25.00
Discounted:
$20.00   Shipping Free
You Save:
$5.00 (20%)
Look Inside the Book
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Reminiscing Anthropology

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 2662 times since 2nd Oct, 2016

Introduction

Ethnography as a study and record of cultures of "natives" by the colonial masters was the beginning of what later has come to be known as Anthropology. It is often said that Anthropology is a hand maiden of colonialism. This colonial beginning, obviously, left its indelible mark on Anthropology for a long time. However, Anthropology has emerged out of this colonial shield quite early, by about the end of nineteenth century itself. In spite of this, the strong stereotypes, biases and ethnocentric view points remain more or less intact and continue to tread on the toes of simple societies. What is more, this kind of ethno-centrism and racism continued till late 80s of twentieth century. It is also true that as one of the pioneering anthropologists of India, Ehrenfels, has noted that there was a marked ambivalence in the attitude of people towards the so called feeble sex. The traditional stereotype of superiority of races and the inferiority of women remained parallel without much of an effort on the part of the anthropologists to set the record straight.

This volume contains nine articles by the pioneering anthropology teachers of University of Madras. Four of them are directly related to the study of matrilineal groups or a study of the cult of the mother goddess. It is also interesting that these studies were published between 1936 and late 50s, and some of the articles represent a very crucial phase of development of anthropology in India. In terms of the broader transition from colonialism to independence this period is very important. The concerns of anthropology started changing considerably during this period. This was also the period when anthropology as an academic discipline was spreading its roots in several universities of India.

The early pioneers of anthropology in India were looking at social behaviour and social values within the frame work of the larger ethnographic mould. Aiyappan's article on 'Marriage by elopement of Paniyans of wynad' is one such article where in he has meticulously built the ethnographic background of the community and then contextualised the practice of marriage by elopement. One of Ehrenfels' three articles included in this volume is an extract from his book titled Kadar of Cochin. Ehrenfels has used a broad ethnographic frame work to present the Kadar culture.

In the second article Ehrenfels presents an elaborate and analytical understanding of matriliny among the Kasi and the Garo. His third article on "South Indian Social structure" is also an attempt to compare the south Indian society and the north Indian. In both these article there is a clear reflection of Ehrenfels' intial training under Schmidt in the Austrian school of diffussionism.

Both Aiyappan and Gopala Krishnan through their articles on Indo-Aryan funeral rite and the cult of Mother-godess respectively have presented another dominant school of anthropological writing influenced by the Indological research. Both of them have used diffussionism as a basis of their interpretation.

Raghavan presents the Ceylonese (now Sri Lankan) social system. In doing so he brings out the historical aspect of how the Ceylonese society evolved and was influenced different forces over a period of time. Obviously Raghavan's concerns include bringing out the pervading influence of Buddism, the influence of the colonial rulers including the Portuguese, Dutch and British.

"Dating the past in Kerala" by Krishna Iyer and "Asthetics in Pre-literate societies" by Gopalakrishnan provide two different perspectives, especially the later one which is a less explored anthropological area. In spite of this variation, the two authors follow a method quite widely used in anthropological research.

All the authors, whose selective works an incorporated in the present volume, were early teachers and researchers in the Department of Anthropology University of Madras. This volume is published to commemorate the pioneering research work done by the teachers of this department.

This volume, hopefully, will also provide a broader view of the anthropological publications over a period 0 two decades beginning with late 30's to late 50's of last century. This volume provides a vintage view for the students and researchers of anthropology a historical background of anthropological research in India at a very crucial time period.

The present volume is being brought out during the Diamond Jubilee Year (2005) of the Department of Anthropology of University of Madras. It is my duty here to acknowledge the help of all my colleagues of the department in planning and execution of the Diamond Jubilee Programmes.

In preparing the manuscript for this volume, I received tremendous and timely help from several individuals including my students, researchers and my colleagues.

I am thankful to the editors of various journals and books, from which the articles incorporated in this volume are drawn. I have acknowledged and cited the source of the articles. I thank all the editors. I am thankful to the university of Madras for providing financial assistance for bringing out this volume.

 

Contents

 

  Introduction  
I Marriage by Elopement among the Paniyans of Wynad 1
II On An Indo-Aryan Funeral Rite 13
III Kadar of Cochin 23
IV Three Matrilineal Groups of Assam: A Study in Similarities and Differences 65
V Towards understanding of South Indian Social Structure 95
VI The Cult of the Mother-Goddess 114
VII Dating the Past in Kerala 132
VIII The Sinhalese and Their Social System 153
IX Aesthetics in Pre-Literate Societies 167
  Index  

 

Sample Pages









Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to Reminiscing Anthropology (History | Books)

Woodsmoke and Leafcups (Autobiographical Footnotes to the Anthropology of the Durwa People)
Deal 20% Off
by Madhu Ramnath
Paperback (Edition: 2015)
Harper Collins Publishers
Item Code: NAL789
$25.00$20.00
You save: $5.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Ascetics of Kashi: An anthropological exploration
Item Code: IDE572
$25.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
American Studies in The Anthropology of India (An Old and Rare Book)
Deal 20% Off
Item Code: NAL222
$40.00$32.00
You save: $8.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Tulsi and the Cross (Anthropology and the Colonial Encounter in Goa)
Deal 20% Off
by Rosa Maria Perez
Hardcover (Edition: 2013)
Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: NAG483
$40.00$32.00
You save: $8.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Puranas and Acculturation (A Historico - Anthropological Perspective)
Deal 20% Off
Item Code: NAK128
$30.00$24.00
You save: $6.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Sterling Dictionary of Anthropology
Deal 20% Off
by Ram Narayan Das
Paperback (Edition: 2010)
Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: NAK102
$20.00$16.00
You save: $4.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Hindu Views and Ways and the Hindu-Muslim Interface: An Anthropological Assessment - An Old Book
Deal 20% Off
Item Code: ISA11
$20.00$16.00
You save: $4.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Cultures and Cosmos (The Cosmic Anthropological Principle)
Deal 20% Off
by Baidyanath Saraswati
Hardcover (Edition: 2004)
Aryan Books International
Item Code: IDD761
$35.00$28.00
You save: $7.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Testimonials
Thank you for such wonderful books on the Divine.
Stevie, USA
I have bought several exquisite sculptures from Exotic India, and I have never been disappointed. I am looking forward to adding this unusual cobra to my collection.
Janice, USA
My statues arrived today ….they are beautiful. Time has stopped in my home since I have unwrapped them!! I look forward to continuing our relationship and adding more beauty and divinity to my home.
Joseph, USA
I recently received a book I ordered from you that I could not find anywhere else. Thank you very much for being such a great resource and for your remarkably fast shipping/delivery.
Prof. Adam, USA
Thank you for your expertise in shipping as none of my Buddhas have been damaged and they are beautiful.
Roberta, Australia
Very organized & easy to find a product website! I have bought item here in the past & am very satisfied! Thank you!
Suzanne, USA
This is a very nicely-done website and shopping for my 'Ashtavakra Gita' (a Bangla one, no less) was easy. Thanks!
Shurjendu, USA
Thank you for making these rare & important books available in States, and for your numerous discounts & sales.
John, USA
Thank you for making these books available in the US.
Aditya, USA
Been a customer for years. Love the products. Always !!
Wayne, USA
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2020 © Exotic India