To Die for

Sumathi Ramaswamy

in Passions of the Tongue

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 1997 | ISBN: 9780520208049
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520918795 | DOI:
To Die for

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This chapter turns to the lives and stories of Tamil devotees, which are offered as models of emulation for all good and loyal Tamil speakers. It aims to chart the production of the “devotional subject,” an entity wrought in the cauldron of Tamil devotionalism whose history is the story of the language, and whose life cannot be imagined independently of Tamil. At the turn of the new century, the devotional subject is one among a large number of possible subject-positions occupied by speakers of Tamil.

Keywords: Tamil devotees; Tamil speaker; devotional subject; language

Chapter.  27448 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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