Cultural conceptualization of Tamil Hindu marriages

Shanmuganathan, Thilagavathi (2021) Cultural conceptualization of Tamil Hindu marriages. International Journal of Language and Culture, 8 (2). pp. 323-345. ISSN 2214-3157, DOI

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This study investigates the cultural conceptualization of marriage among Tamil Hindu communities in Australia and Malaysia. The Hindu cultural schema of marriage relates to the physical, social and spiritual aspects, and language acts as the central aspect of the cultural cognition of the community. Data is based on a variety of sources, particularly focus group discussions, translated verses from Hindu Holy Scriptures (Vedanta), and personal interviews. Findings show various cultural schemas entrenched within the marriage schema, particularly Vedic Astrology, Sacred Invocation and Blessings, which are shared knowledge among community members. The cultural schema of marriage (or vivaha) that is instantiated in the Vedanta considers marriage a religious obligation (Dharma). It is during social interactions that the cultural metaphors associated with marriage are discussed. marriage as a thousand-year crop and marriage as a journey are metaphorical expressions that illustrate the traditional worldview of the Tamil Hindu community. © John Benjamins Publishing Company

Item Type: Article
Funders: None
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community; Cultural conceptualizations; Marriage; Metaphors; Schemas; Tamil Hindu thought
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
P Language and Literature > PM Hyperborean, Indian, and Artificial languages
Divisions: Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2023 04:50
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2023 04:50

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