Northern Illinois University Press


Pierced by Murugan's Lance

Ritual, Power, and Moral Redemption among Malaysian Hindus

Elizabeth Fuller Collins

"A remarkable first book."
Journal of Ritual Studies

"This splendid book succeeds in making an esoteric and forbidding subject into an engaging study that will interest a wide readership."—Choice

"Masterfully crafted.... A deft analysis of an arresting ritual event."—Mark Juergensmeyer, University of California, Santa Barbara

(1997) 254 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-87580-223-7
cloth $38.50

ISBN: 978-0-87580-574-0
paper $25.00

Table of Contents

1 The Power of Murugan's Lance
2 Murugan as Metaphor
3 The Hindu Tamils of Penang: Gurus, Brahmins, and Pujaris
4 Thaipusam in Penang
5 Rituals and Politics
6 Arul: The Trance of Divine Grace
7 Symbolic Acts: The Meanings of Ritual Vow Fulfillment
8 A Ceremonial Animal
9 Ritual, Power, and Moral Redemption
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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ISBN: 978-0-87580-223-7
cloth $38.50
ISBN: 978-0-87580-574-0
paper $25.00