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AIDS Amma Shrine: Pedagogy as Tactics

  • Dilip K. Das


This chapter examines a popular pedagogic initiative, the shrine of AIDS Amma in a village in south Karnataka, which combines biomedical ideas of HIV/AIDS with an age-old tradition of disease goddess worship. It discusses AIDS Amma on three aspects: its genealogical descent, ritual structure and epistemological implications. It considers the AIDS Amma initiative as a tactical pedagogy that responds to a local contingency through creative re-articulation of cultural resources and biomedical ideas of disease transmission and prevention.


Ritualization Performativity Embodiment Curing and healing Tactics and strategies 


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  • Dilip K. Das
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  1. 1.Department of Cultural StudiesEnglish and Foreign Languages UniversityHyderabadIndia

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