Baring the Right Shoulder

Narayan S. Raja raja at galileo.IFA.Hawaii.Edu
Thu Oct 3 19:57:31 UTC 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
> >communities.
> 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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