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The relic state
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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).

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The relic state

St Francis Xavier and the politics of ritual in Portuguese India


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