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Book: Saivism in the Diaspora

Chapter: The Role of Ritual in the Diaspora Tamil Saivite Temple

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.24475


The world of ritual in the Agamic traditions of Saiva Siddhanta when located in the temple is securely in the hands of the Brahman priest. Although in the early days of the development of British Tamil religious life a few individual Vellulars felt confident enough to perform rituals to the deity, the community quickly reasserted the authority of the Brahman once the temples were established and the gods installed.

Chapter Contributors

  • Ron Geaves ( - book-auth-265) 'Liverpool Hope University'