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Marianne Pasty-Abdul Wahid

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Marianne Pasty-Abdul Wahid is a cultural and religious anthropologist as well as a freelance translator, illustrator and musician. She has completed her PhD thesis “The muṭiyēṯṯu' of Kerala (South India): ethnographic study of a ritual theater between tradition and modernity” in Social Anthropology and Ethnology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociale (EHESS, Paris) in 2010. She was a lecturer in Ethnology at the South Asian Institute of Heidelberg (Karl-Ruprecht Universität, Germany) and worked as a consultant for UNESCO and the International Music Council in Paris on various projects related to cultural heritage, intercultural dialogue and traditional medicine. Her research work currently looks at the role played by performing arts within popular Hindu worship in Kerala (with special focus on Kali worship), the dynamics between possession and theater, and religious/cultural interpretations of infectious diseases in South India.