Syncretic traditions & kinship in the Tamil Muslim society

The Tamil Muslims, based on their professions were broadly classified into three groups as Ravuttars, Marakkayar and Lebbai. As one travels across Tamil Nadu, one comes across fascinating accounts of syncretic tradition, in which Muslim mystics or elders from these groups have been incorporated in to the Tamil folklore and ancestral worship, with many being elevated to a divine status. Some of these accounts could possibly be the answer to the unique kinship that the Muslims have with the rest of their Tamil brethren. Anwar shifts through oral records and living traditions, most of which have become embedded and the Mystics / Muslim elders have been turned into local deities or deities to be carried even across the seas, to their new homes, be it the Caribbean or Brooklyn in New York. Anwar also looks at faded memories and distorted accounts to make sense of a past in the contemporary context. This is a work in progress.


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