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

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: The paradoxical powers of Tamil women

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph The powers of Tamil women, edited by Susan S. Wadley

Published By: Original publisher 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: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Susan S. Wadley

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2009. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Tamil (AW16)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Gender status (562); Ethnopsychology (828); Celibacy (589); Conception (842); Puberty and initiation (881); Nuptials (585); Sexuality (831);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document 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: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 55

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. aw16-055

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 168-170)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document no date

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle; 2007

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). not specified

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Tamil Nadu, India

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Tamil (Indic people)


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