Antharjanam: Memoirs of a Namboodiri Woman

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9780198074168: Antharjanam: Memoirs of a Namboodiri Woman

Ending the silence of centuries and written without embellishments, this is the first full-length memoirs of a Namboodiri woman. The opening section of this volume is about growing up in an orthodox and affluent Namboodiri household in the early decades of the 20th century situated in erstwhile Malabar. Its focus is very deliberately women and young girls. In the enormous Pakavoor Illam, their hours filled with sombre routine chores of ritual baths and plain clothes, no flowers or jewellery, left to the care of maids, and deprived of parental love, young Namboodiri girls grew up detached from their more privileged brothers. Illness, the rare visits of traders, beautiful Nair cousins and doctors enlivened an otherwise unbearably dreary life. Told without a trace of self-pity, Devaki Nilayamgode's work is a remarkable feat in personal and social history. The detailed Introduction by J. Devika helps set the context of the work. Later narratives in the book record the winds of change that brought radical ideas into these dim interiors. The memoirs unfold a variety of experiences that range from changing agricultural practices, indigenous systems of anti-snake-venom treatment, and escoteric patterns of medical practice to the gradual erosion of the community's wealth and unquestioned social power.

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Devaki Nilayamgode (b. 1928) was raised in an orthodox Namboodiri home. Not formally educated, her language skills were part of the training that an antharjanam traditionally received at home.

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Devaki Nilayamgode
Editore: Oxford University Press (2011)
ISBN 10: 0198074166 ISBN 13: 9780198074168
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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, 2011. What was it like to be a Namboodiri woman 80 years ago Ending the silence of centuries comes this startling murmur the first full-length account of a Namboodiri woman?s life describing a world long gone Told without a trace of self-pity Devaki Nilayamgode?s work is a remarkable achievement in the domain of personal and social history In the enormous Pakavoor Illam their hours filled with sombre ritual baths and plain clothes denied flowers or jewellery left to the care of maids and deprived of parental love young Namboodiri girls grew up unseen and unheard by the rest of the household Only the rare visits of traders or physicians enlivened an otherwise cheerless life The memoirs unfold a variety of experiences that range from changing agricultural practices and esoteric medical ones like indigenous systems of anti-snake-venom treatment to the gradual erosion of the community?s wealth and unquestioned social power With time the winds of change brought radical ideas into these dim interiorsWhile J Devika?s detailed Introduction contextualizes the great changes the author describes the many evocative illustrations by one of Kerala?s most famous artists transport us into the Namboodiri woman?s world 170 pp. Codice libro della libreria 95436

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