Notable Mughal And Hindu Women In The 16Th And 17Th Centuries A.D.
, Jan 1, 1990
- 264 pages
The Valayar represent 'little traditions' within the larger framework of Indian civilization. The author has depicted in three volomes the various facets of the Valayar's political,economic and cultural life in such a vivid and analytical detail that the reader, while going through it, would feel that he is face to face with the community with a sense of intimacy. The book is a product of extensive field work spread over three years.The Valayar, the subject of the study, are an acient and fascinating community, distinct and yet representative of scores of ethnic groups in South India. The conjugal life, the marital mobility of men and women, the pre-martial and extra-martial relations and the institution of divorce among the Valayar, are the foci of this volume. The author has presented 51 cases and elevn life historyis from real happenings that bring out poignantly the party hidden goings-on in their life.