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The relic stateSt Francis Xavier and the politics of ritual in Portuguese India$
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Pamila Gupta

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719090615

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719090615.001.0001

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Introduction: the relic state

Introduction: the relic state

(p.1) Chapter One Introduction: the relic state
The relic state

Pamila Gupta

Manchester University Press

This first chapter introduces the major theoretical and methodological contributions of this case study, with in-depth discussions off several distinct areas of scholarship: colonial and postcolonial studies (“Provincializing” Portugal); Indo-Portuguese studies(“Problematizing” India); Ritual Studies(Implementing “Practice”); Dead Body Politics(“Metaphor and Metonym”); and Historical Anthropology(“Historizing” Ritual, “Anthropologizing” Colonialism).

Keywords:   Historical anthropology, Postcolonial studies, Indo-Portuguese Studies, Goa, Portuguese India, St. Francis Xavier

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