Wadley, Susan Snow, 1943-. The paradoxical powers of Tamil women

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Title: The paradoxical powers of Tamil women

Published in: The powers of Tamil women, edited by Susan S. Wadley

Published By: The powers of Tamil women, edited by Susan S. Wadley Syracuse, NY: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, 1991. 153-170 p.

By line: Susan S. Wadley

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2009. Computer File

Culture: Tamil (AW16)

Subjects: Gender status (562); Ethnopsychology (828); Celibacy (589); Conception (842); Puberty and initiation (881); Nuptials (585); Sexuality (831);

Abstract: In this essay Wadley discusses the extraordinary powers that Tamil women are believed to have that can lead to life and prosperity or to destruction and even death. Despite the drudgery and subordination of women's everyday lives, Tamils believe that Tamil women can, and do, control and alter events - they can save their husbands from death; they can destroy whole towns; they can bring health and wealth to their kinfolk; and they can cause povery and ruin. A woman's curse is feared, her blessing is sought (p. 153).

Document Number: 55

Document ID: aw16-055

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Field Date: not specified

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle; 2007

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Tamil Nadu, India

LCSH: Tamil (Indic people)

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