The Makers of the World: Caste, Craft and Mind of South Indian Artisans

Brouwer, Jan

Published by Oxford Univ Pr, 1995
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Synopsis: This book is a full-length study of a single caste - the artisan caste of the Visvakarma. The Visvakarna comprise smaller divisions of sub castes of the blacksmiths, carpenters, goldsmiths, sculptors and coppersmiths. The book is divided into five parts.

Part one discusses the theme of the book and its theoretical and ethnographical perspectives.

Part two describes Visvakarma crafts in detail. The supply of raw materials the processes of manufacture, the delivery of finished products, and the rituals which accompany the various phases of a craft.

Part three begins with an interesting geological, geographical and historical account of the state of Kamataka; the regional back drop of the book. This is followed by the 'ideal' of caste and the 'reality' of their fragmentation of sub castes. This part ends with an analysis and an interesting
discussion of the mythology of the origins of the Visvakarmas.
Part four describes the Visvakarma sub-castes of southern Kamataka, central Kamataka and northern Kamataka.

Part five brings the different parts of the book together in conclusion.

About the Author: Project Director for the Indo-Dutch programme on Alternatives in Development (The Hague/New Delhi); Project Co-ordinator in Mysore for the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (New Delhi)

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Title: The Makers of the World: Caste, Craft and ...
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Publication Date: 1995
Book Condition: Good

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Book Description Oxford University Press, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Hardcover with DJ. Blue paper over boards with gold lettering on spine. Blue DJ with white lettering and black and white photograph of man praying. Title page and copyright page dated 1995. 604 pages. In good condition. Covers are clean. Some bumping along head and foot of spine. Corners mostly sharp and tight. DJ is a bit rubbed and lightly faded. Light shelf-wear along edges. Fits snug to boards. Pages free of marks or tears. Binding is strong. Overall a good, clean copy. Bookseller Inventory # 17-640

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