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					Social Imaginaries of the Divine: Selves, Spaces, and Simulation
                         in Kancipuram
                                                                     M.D.Muthukumaraswamy

This research project intends to study the non-textual folk religious practices of small shrines and
temples situated in the vicinity of larger classical Hindu temples in Kanchipuram. Investigating
the social imaginaries of the divine embedded in the religious practices of everyday life,
festivities, and rituals associated with the selected folk deities of Kanchipuram this ethnographic
research project aims to unravel the relationships between perceived self-hoods, spatial
organizations, and imitated behavior in folk religious activities. Extensive documentation of
folklore surrounding selected folk deities of Kanchipuram and the subsequent archiving of
documented materials at the University of Oslo as part of the project are proposed.

Name                : M.D.Muthukumaraswamy
Contact Details     : Director,
                    : National Folklore support Centre, No. 508, Fifth Floor, "Kaveri
Complex", 96, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai- 600034 Phones:
91-44-28229192, and 91-44-42138410

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http://www.indianfolklore.org/
http://wiki.indianfolklore.org/
http://indianfolklore.org/journals/
http://indianfolklore.org/conferences/
http://indianfolklore.org/moodle/
http://indianfolklore.org/nfscpress/
http://wiki.encyclopaediaindica.com/

Email                  : muthu@indianfolklore.org
Alternative email      : mdmuthukumaraswamy@gmail.com

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