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dc.contributor.advisorSinha, Brajen_US
dc.creatorLagace, Philipen_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-19T12:00:14Z
dc.date.available2016-04-19T12:00:14Z
dc.date.created2016-03en_US
dc.date.issued2016-04-18en_US
dc.date.submittedMarch 2016en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10388/ETD-2016-03-2500en_US
dc.description.abstractThere has been a persistent tendency in the study of religion to emphasize its textual and historical elements, at the expense of ritual, practice, and custom. This trend is evident in the available academic works concerning the androgynous Hindu deity, Ardhanārīśvara. Scholarship largely overlooks Ardhanārīśvara in living context, including information about dedicated sites of worship. To attend to this gap, this project explores Ardhanārīśvara in Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu, as it is home to a hilltop temple wherein Ardhanārīśvara is the presiding deity. An analysis of my fieldwork observations and impressions yields two types of contributions. The first relates to areas of previous scholastic focus; new information is provided on Ardhanārīśvara iconography, mythological narratives, and regarding interpretations of the figure. The second type of contribution involves unexplored content, including information on the aforementioned site of worship and the place of Ardhanārīśvara in ritual within this context. Additionally, the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of this thesis stress understanding observable phenomena as dynamic. This led to astute observations regarding Ardhanārīśvara that also go delineated. These provisions reaffirm the significance of those areas identified as overlooked in the study of religion and provide a more robust treatment of the figure.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.subjectArdhanārīśvara, Tiruchengode, Hinduismen_US
dc.titleArdhanārīśvara in Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu : a case studyen_US
thesis.degree.departmentReligion and Cultureen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineReligion and Cultureen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Saskatchewanen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts (M.A.)en_US
dc.type.materialtexten_US
dc.type.genreThesisen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberVargo, Lisaen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberKeyworth, Georgeen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberShantz, Susanen_US


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