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Kūttāṇṭavar’s Cross: Making That Young Bride, Whoever She Is, A Widow

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This chapter makes the middle section of this book on the Sacrificial Death of a Co-wife's Son the occasion for a too-long-deferred attempt to bring the study of the Tamil cult of Aravan-Kuttantavar to some kind of near closure. As it was difficult to get information about Puluvars, the chapter presents an hypothesis as to their significance to the marriage, and for the cult in this area. The chapter draws on author's attendance, in November 1995, at a Kuttantavar festival held at the Aravan Tirukkovil (holy temple) in Singanallur (Cinkanallur), four miles east of downtown Coimbatore. That festival continues to get heightened publicity and remains the Kuttantavar festival that gets the most discussion.

Keywords: Aravan Tirukkovil; Kuttantavar festival; Puluvars; Singanallur



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