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Using The Theory

Let us attempt to illustrate how the theory stated above can be used to comprehend some common practices in different parts of India. The first practice is the religious observance of madi (also call vritta, a austerity practice that is observed before special religious ceremonies. I then address the interpretation and medical treatment of Smallpox in certain North Indian communities. Then I attempt to explain Kurin's data on the how individuals are viewed in Punjab. Finally, I reproduce some results from Moore's essay on house design in Kerala, which show how the hot and cold concepts can help decide how to place various chambers and spaces within the Kerala Nair's home.

Tue Jun 27 16:41:34 PDT 1995