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The Christians of Kerala: History, Belief and Ritual Among the Yakoba

Susan Viswanathan


This book explores the practice of Christianity among the Yakoba in the small region of Kerala. It uses the categories of time, space, architecture, and the body as a means of identifying the ways in which Hindu, Christian, and Syrian strands have been woven together to form a rich cultural tapestry in the region. The Yakoba, on which this study is based, are divided into two distinct groups—the Orthodox Syrians and the Jacobite Syrians. The author relates their on-going quarrel over ecclesiastical jurisdiction and the ways in which this quarrel affects Syrian Christian life and experience as ... More

Keywords: Christianity, Yakoba, Hindu, Orthodox Syrians, Jacobite Syrians, Syrian Christian life, ecclesiastical jurisdiction, cultural expression

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780195647990
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195647990.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Viswanathan, author
Sociology Department, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi