Changing Patterns of Family and Kinship in South Asia

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Changing Patterns of Family and Kinship in South Asia. Proceedings of an International Symposium on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of India's Independence held at the University of Helsinki 6 May 1998. Edited by Asko Parpola & Sirpa Tenhunen
Finnish Oriental Society
Studia Orientalia 84
Saarijärvi 1998, viii +314 pp.


Articles: D. Handelman, Husband and wife and the game of dice: Siva and Parvati fall apart; V. Hämeen-Anttila, “For ever thou shalt love and she be fair”: Kalidasa’s vision of the ideal marriage; K Karttunen, Mutual agreement or auction of brides: Ancient Indian marriage in Greek accounts; L. Fruzzetti & Á. Östör, Hierarchy revisited; H. Uusikylä, The seeds in the container: Metaphors of conception and kinship in rural Bangladesh; M. Säävälä The “Hindu joint family”: Past and present; S. Tenhunen, Urban hierarchies in flux: Arranged intercaste marriages in Calcutta; G. Gopinathan, The process of rehumanisation initiated by Sri Narayana Guru and its impacts on kinship and other social relationships in Kerala; M.K. Gautam, Santal-Munda kinship and family; A. Pakaslahti, Family-centered treatment of mental health problems at the Balaji Temple in Rajasthan; A. Parpola, Savitri and resurrection: The ideal of devoted wife, her forehead mark, sati, and human sacrifice in Epic-Puranic, Vedic, Harappan-Dravidian and Near Eastern perspectives.


ISBN 951-9380-38-8
ISSN 0039-3282