Antharjanam: Memoirs of a Namboodiri Woman

Paperback | January 15, 2012

byDevaki Nilayamgode

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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.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 radicalideas into these dim interiors. While 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.

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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.The memoirs unfold a variety of experiences that rang...

Devaki Nilayamgode was raised in an orthodox Namboodiri home. Not formally educated, her language skills were shaped by the training that an antharjanam traditionally received at home.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:204 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.07 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198079877

ISBN - 13:9780198079873

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Table of Contents

Author's NoteTranslators' NoteIntroduction1. Pakaravoor Illam2. Amma3. The Daily Routine4. The Ritual Bath5. Clothes6. Studies7. Visitors8. Journey A Group Dance9. Sheelavati10. Floods11. Waiting to Grow Up12. Thuppettan13. Attachment14. Widows15. I Know Lucy16. Betal Nuts17. Leavings18. Smallpox19. The Winds to Change Reach Mookkuthala20. Doctor21. Marriage22. Kuriyedathu Thaatri23. Fever24. Harvest25. Granary26. Social Activism27. No RegretsGlossary