A 'Dalithos' reading of a Markan exorcism: Mark 5 : 1-20

Rajkumar, P.J.R. (2007) A 'Dalithos' reading of a Markan exorcism: Mark 5 : 1-20. Expository Times, 118 (9). pp. 428-435. ISSN 0014-5246 . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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An attempt is made to read the story of the Gerasene Demoniac (Mark 5:1-20) using Dalithos, or the ethos of the Dalit community, as a hermeneutical premise. Taking into consideration the subversive role of 'possession' as an accepted form of Protest among the Dalit communities in their highly constrained life situation, where other social mechanisms of coping with oppression are few, employing Dalithos as a hermeneutical category helps engage in a liberative appropriation of the passage for the Dalits. Certain salient features of Dalithos - pragmatism, the Primacy of community and solidarity, and emancipatory re-mythologization - are used as parameters in appropriating the story for the Dalit context.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Dalithos hermeneutics; caste system; praxis; possession; cultural-critical interpretation; Dalits
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Suzanne Duffy
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2008 14:46
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2010 14:06
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/2267 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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