This work is a highly original contribution to Dalit Christian theology and breaks new ground by conceptually reimagining the relationship between Christianity and Dalits.
‘Dalits and Christianity’ is a highly original contribution to Dalit Christian theology and breaks new ground by conceptually reimagining the relationship between Christianity and Dalits. It is as relevant to students and teachers of Christian theology and religion, as it is to those interested in Dalit politics and literature, and subaltern studies.
Sathianathan Clarke spent many years amongst the Paraiyar communities of South India and draws on his first hand experience to passionately argue for the inclusion of this persistently marginalized group into the mainstream of Indian religious and social life. The resistive and constructive dimensions of subaltern religion are creatively interpreted by analyzing the symbols of the goddess (Ellaiyamman) and the drum (Christ, manifested in its empowering and emancipatory dynamics). The drum is posited as the central symbol of the ways in which subaltern based oral communities express and experience their relationship with the Divine and with each other. Religious themes that reverberate from the Dalit drum are put to work to enrich Christian liberation theology.
…an excellent exposition of Paraiyar religion and identity that is of much use to those who want to theologize on their subalternity. It is an important contribution to liberation theology of the subalterns in India’.