Susan Snow, 1943-
The paradoxical powers of Tamil women
Published in: The powers of Tamil women, edited by Susan S.
The powers of Tamil women, edited by Susan S.
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
Gender status (562);
Puberty and initiation (881);
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 ID: aw16-055
Tamil (Indic people)