Puthenangadi: Morphology and Legends of Origin

Susan Visvanathan

in The Christians of Kerala

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780195647990
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080663 | DOI:
Puthenangadi: Morphology and Legends of Origin

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This chapter focuses on Puthenangadi, a predominantly Syrian Christian neighbourhood in the town of Kottayam in Kerala. It describes the neighbourhood as locale. It presents three kinds of narratives—genealogies, family histories, and episodic accounts. They are symbolic statements which structure relationships between individuals and which are assertions of social identity. The local churches and social network are also described. A map of Puthenangadi is also provided to this effect.

Keywords: Syrian Christian neighbourhood; genealogy; family history; social identity; churches; social network

Chapter.  13163 words. 

Subjects: Sociology of Religion

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