The Elaborate Meaning of the Indian Marriage Necklace

By Preveena Balakrishnan

March 2022 FEATURE
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The Christian Thali features the sign of the cross (Manikam 2022).
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JEWELLERY CAN mean many things, all the more so if placed in their traditional contexts.In the Indian tradition, the Rig Veda, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Puranas all speak of jewellery owned by members of the royal family, ministers, soldiers and the common men. In the Tamil epic Silappadikaram or The Tale of the Anklet, the young merchant Kovalan was unjustly executed after he was framed by a wicked goldsmith for stealing the queen’s anklet. He was in fact...

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Preveena Balakrishnan

is based in Penang. She runs her own research studio, Vamssa Research Studio, which researches and documents the heritage of the Indian community in Malaysia.


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