"A black cow leads the Kota people to the Nilgiri Hills and, with its hoof, indicates where to find each village. The black cow's footprint is a moral center of gravity, an important place for music-making, dancing, and other rituals. Places such as this, and moments in time, serve as physical and moral “anchors".
In exploring “anchoring” at a variety of cultural and social levels, this book demonstrates that musical processes participate in some of the same forms of cultural and social production as do performances of ritual, agriculture, time reckoning, and everyday movements and speech. The common denominator is a set of spatio-temporal forms and representations which serve as maps or traces of the processes by which communities constitute their group identity and individual subjectivities.
This book is targeted towards ethnomusicologists, anthropologists, folklorists, scholars of religion and Asian Studies, and those interested in spacetime theories, the Nilgiris, and groups hitherto classified as tribal."