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In Conversation with the Kolam Practice: Auspiciousness and Artistic Experiences among Women in Tamilnadu, South India


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Title: In Conversation with the Kolam Practice: Auspiciousness and Artistic Experiences among Women in Tamilnadu, South India
Authors: Laine, Anna
Issue Date: 25-Feb-2009
University: Göteborgs universitet. Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten
University of Gothenburg. Faculty of Social Sciences
Institution: School of Global Studies, Social Anthropology ; Institutionen för globala studier, socialantropologi
Date of Defence: 2009-03-28
Disputation: 10.15, sal 514 (aulan) Annedalseminariet, Seminarieg. 1A
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Publication type: Doctoral thesis
Keywords: anthropology, kolam, visual culture, multisensoriality, aesthetics, art, artistic practice, photography, gender, efficacy, agency, hinduism
Abstract: This anthropological study explores the kolam, a South Indian practice where women daily draw geometrical images in front of their homes to invite the deities. Through this practice, women engage in social and religious processes. They generate an auspicious atmosphere and become constructed as feminine beings. Temporal and spatial rhythms are defined and reproduced, and the house is made into a home. At the same time, the practice provides a space for exploration where kolam makers can experime... more
ISBN: 978-91-628-7701-9
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2077/19290
Appears in Collections:Doctoral Theses / Doktorsavhandlingar Institutionen för globala studier
Doctoral Theses from University of Gothenburg / Doktorsavhandlingar från Göteborgs universitet

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