Pierced by Murugan's Lance: Ritual, Power, and Moral Redemption among the Malaysian Hindus

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An analysis of the Thaipusam festival of the Hindu Tamils of Malaysia and the vows they make to the god Murugan. It explores the meaning of vow fulfilment as reflected in social, economic and political divisions in the Tamil community, and the practice of ritual as a form of symbolic action.