Compare and contrast the purpose and practices of flower divination of and prescriptions for achieving cukam (see Daniel Ch. 5) with the purpose and practices of undertaking a pilgrimage to worship Lord Ayyappan in order to achieve a kind of temporary moksa (Tm: mokam) or what Daniel refers to as “equipoise (see Daniel Ch. 7).
Be sure to address (a) concerns about kunam/dosa disequilibrium in flower divination and (b) the metaphysical movement from “firstness” to “secondness” to “thirdness” in a Tamil pilgrimage (in Daniel Ch. 7).
Another way to think about this is to explicate the following semantic opposition:
- “Degraded” equilibrium (Tm: cukam = Kn: madi = “purity”)
- “Genuine” or “ultimate” equilibrium or “equipoise” (Tm: mokam; Sk: Moksa)
This is the name of the book we have to use.
Daniel, E. Valentine
1984 Fluid Signs: Being a Person the Tamil Way. Berkeley: University of California Press.