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1. Title Title of document The Worship of Murugan in South India and Sri Lanka - Saivism in the Diaspora
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Ron Geaves; Liverpool Hope University;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) Siva; Hindu; India; Britain
5. Subject Subject classification Hinduism (HRG)
6. Description Abstract The god known in North India as Karttikeya or Skanda, becomes Subramaniyam or Murugan in Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu. He is also known by the names of Kumara, Karttikeya, and Velan. The origins of Murugan are intensely disputed. The difficulty arises from his status as the preeminent Tamil deity and his identification with Tamil cultural renaissance and resurgent nationalism. Tamil identity measures and asserts itself against the dominant socio-political culture of the North and its perceived Aryan origins. The Tamils see themselves as the conquered Dravidians, the original people of the subcontinent, whose religion, culture and language were suppressed and dominated by the Aryan/Sanskrit invasion. Consequently, the favoured legends of Murugan are those which perceive the god’s origins within the ancient Dravidian cultures of the North prior to the Aryan conquest. He was then assimilated into the Vedic pantheon but preserved in his original cult by the Dravidian cultures of the South. In such versions, the mediaeval Sanskritization of the South only reintroduced the concept of Skanda as the son of Siva to a culture that was well aware of this already.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Nov-2007
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.24468
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Saivism in the Diaspora
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) Britian; India
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