Murugan Worship in Britain
Saivism in the Diaspora - Contemporary Forms of Skanda Worship - Ron Geaves
Ron Geaves [+]
Liverpool Hope University
Ron Geaves is Professor of Studies of Religions in the Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies at Liverpool Hope University. He is the author of several books including, most recently, Islam and the West Post 9/11 (Ashgate, 2004) and Aspects of Islam (Darton, Longman and Todd, 2005).
The worship of Murugan in Britain is the product of migration of Tamil populations, especially those from Sri Lanka. Yet this process was not confined to the large-scale migration which resulted from the civil war in Sri Lanka. Individual Tamils from both Sri Lanka and India have been arriving in Britain since the beginning of the second half of the twentieth century and before.