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Kerala Christian Sainthood: Collisions of Culture and Worldview in South India

Corinne G. Dempsey


Kerala Christian Sainthood is an ethnography‐based study that celebrates the multivocal function of saints. Drawing on pilgrim anecdotes, shrine practices, official hagiographies, and regional folklore, it shows how the business of saints routinely extends beyond their capacity as earthly conduits of miraculous power. Saintly characters described in this book, hailing from the religiously pluralistic South Indian state of Kerala, not only tend to the health and happiness of individual devotees but also help craft and express the multiple identities and complex power relations of their devotion ... More

Keywords: Christian sainthood, female sanctity, folklore, hagiographies, Hindu, India, Kerala Christian, postcolonial, Sr. Alphonsa, St. George

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195130287
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195130286.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Corinne G. Dempsey, author
University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
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