Baring the Right Shoulder
Narayan S. Raja
raja at galileo.IFA.Hawaii.Edu
Thu Oct 3 15:57:31 EDT 1996
On Thu, 3 Oct 1996, Claude Setzer wrote:
> Raja said:
> >Among the Tamil Srivaishnava community,
> >one has to go around, or bow down, an
> >EVEN (never ODD) number of times. So
> >this custom is different among different
> Unless "Tamil" excludes the Tenkalai Sri Vaishnavas, then this is not correct.
> The Tenkalais make a big point of only bowing once,
> although the forehaed may be touched
> to the ground in three
> places during that one bow.
Interesting... in that case, I should say
"Tamil Srivaishnava Vadakalai" community.
I wasn't aware that Tenkalai customs were
so different. Almost a different species... :-)
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