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Symbol and Meaning in Nayar Marriage Ritual

Melinda A. Moore
American Ethnologist
Vol. 15, No. 2 (May, 1988), pp. 254-273
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Anthropological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/644756
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Symbol and Meaning in Nayar Marriage Ritual
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Abstract

This paper examines the three ceremonies of the Nayar marriage complex--tālikeṭṭukalyāṇam, tiraṇḍukalyāṇam, and the ceremony beginning a sambandham relationship--as rituals consisting of indigenously meaningful symbols. These rituals are shown to have significantly different yet comparable focuses, based on their treatment of persons of each gender and of the prestige and social connections of taṛavāḍs. The symbolic representation of the taṛavāḍ as a house-and-land unit is found to be a unifying theme. [symbolism, ritual, kinship and social organization, South Asia]

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