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Bicultural Versatility as a Frontier Adaptation Among Paliyan Foragers of South India

Studies in History & Civilization of India No. 2

By (author) Peter M. Gardner
Preface by Richard Borshay Lee
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 30th Sep 2000
Dimensions: h 230mm
ISBN-10: 0773478191
ISBN-13: 9780773478190
Barcode No: 9780773478190
This work covers the spectrum of Paliyan culture, from subsistence to medicine and word play, and it details the beliefs and practices which allow Paliyans to achieve their extreme egalitarianism and non-violence. The brief case studies throughout the account not only bring the people to life, they give the reader a sense of the rich, complex texture of Paliyan existance. The study was uses recent perspectives and modes of analysis, situating the foragers in thier time and place and employing tools such as fuzzy-set analyisis.

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