Hindu Kingship and the Origin of Community: Religion, State and Society in Kerala, 1750–1850

  title={Hindu Kingship and the Origin of Community: Religion, State and Society in Kerala, 1750–1850},
  author={Susan Bayly},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={177 - 213}
  • Susan Bayly
  • Published 1 April 1984
  • History
  • Modern Asian Studies
Until recently the Malayalam-speaking region of southern India—once known as the Malabar coast and now the state of Kerala—was portrayed as a bastion of orthodox high Hinduism. The region's caste system was famous for its intricacy and supposed rigidity; its temples were rich, numerous and heavily patronized by Malayali rulers; and there was a general sense of the area as a picturesque backwater hidden away behind the western Ghats, untouched by the turbulent forces at work elsewhere in south… 

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