Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (Jan/Feb). It is also referred to as Thaipooyam or Thaippooyam in the Malayalam language. The word Thai-pusam is derived from the month name Thai and Pusam , which refers to a star that is at its highest point during the festival. The festival commemorates both the birthday of Murugan (also Subramaniam ), the youngest son of god Shiva and his wife Parvati, and the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a vel (spear) so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman.
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CALL NUMBER BL1225.M84M2 C7 rb
AUTHOR Collins, Marie Elizabeth
TITLE Murugan’s lance : power and ritual : the Hindu Tamil festival of Thaipusam in Penang, Malaysia
PUBLISHER INFORMATION : University Microfilms International, 1992.
CALL NUMBER BL1213.T3 B112
AUTHOR Babb, Lawrence A.
TITLE Thaipusam in Singapore : religious individualism in a hierarchical culture
PUBLISHER INFORMATION : Chopmen Enterprises, 1976.
CALL NUMBER P264F.A289D1959 T264 M Kemanusian
AUTHOR Syed Ahmad Jamal
TITLE Thaipusam, Batu Caves (slide)
PUBLISHER INFORMATION : Universiti Sains Malaysia, 1979.
CALL NUMBER BL1213.T3 T364
AUTHOR Focus Sendirian Berhad TITLE Thaipusam (videorecording)
PUBLISHER INFORMATION : Focus, Pulau Pinang, 1975.
CALL NUMBER Film 171
AUTHOR Crock, Robert C.
TITLE Thaipusam (motion picture)
PUBLISHER INFORMATION : Focus, Pulau Pinang, 1975
Meor Mohd Arafat Mohamad Shahini