Thaipusam in Malaysia: A Hindu Festival in the Tamil Diaspora
- About the Book
“This is an important book by Carl Vadivella Belle which argues that Hinduism and its manifestations in the diaspora has important significance in binding not only the Hindus but also encourages ‘others’ to revisit Hinduism, especially in a multicultural society like Malaysia which is dominated by communally infused discourses structured upon race and religion.” —Ajaya K. Sahoo, Journal of South Asian Diaspora
“Dr. Belle weaves his magical journey over nearly half a century, offering poignant and potent insights into the socio economic and spiritual realities of Hindus in Malaysia. Numerous books maybe available on Tamil Traditions and Hinduism in Malaysia, but none seem to have succinctly and encapsulated the very essence and heart of these veritable subjects. I would unreservedly recommend this book, to all those interested in matters pertaining to Indians and Hinduism in Malaysia.” —Professor Bala Shanmugam, Federation University, Malaysia
“This is a work of immense inspiration. Combining personal pilgrimage with ethnographic perseverance, it is at once a document of ritual power and cultural change and a biography of religious encounter. By becoming the religious Other, Carl Belle creates a new dimension in the understanding of Thaipusam as both ethnic and individual experience. Dauntlessly frank and insightful, it is without doubt a rare achievement.” —Raymond Lee, Universiti Malaya (retired)
- Carl Vadivella Belle is an independent scholar specializing in Indian studies in Malaysia and Singapore.