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Vishakha Khetrapal
The Ramnami community of Chhattisgarh is a low-caste religious movement whose followers tattoo their bodies, including in some cases eyelids, with the name of Lord Ram. The movement, which is more than a century old, started as an act of peaceful resistance against the practice of untouchability in…
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Vishakha Khetrapal
As the first president of Padumlal Punnalal Chair for Creativity, he was associated with the Department of Culture of the Chhattisgarh government. He was awarded the Statesman award for rural reporting for two consecutive years in 1994 and 1995. He has researched extensively on the Ramnami…
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The practice of tattooing is widely prevalent across Chhattisgarh. It is a form of body art practiced mostly by women on women, mainly amongst adivasi and ‘lower’ caste communities from this region. The word used for this practice is godna, which refers to the piercing of the body with needles. The…
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Vishakha Khetrapal
The Ramnami Samaj of Chhattisgarh found a rather unique and peaceful way of opposing the caste system in India. Not allowed to enter temples, the community members tattooed their entire bodies, in some cases even eyelids, with the name of ‘Nirgun Ram’ as a way of peaceful defiance against the…
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अजय कुमार चतुर्वेदी
छत्तीसगढ़ राज्य जनजातिय बाहुल राज्य है। सरगुजा और बस्तर अंचल की जनजातियों में गोदना अधिक देखने को मिलता है। वैसे हिन्दू धर्म में लगभग सभी जातियों में गोदना प्रथा आदिकाल से प्रचलित है। यह प्रथा धार्मिक, सांस्कृतिक, सामाजिक, वैज्ञानिक और ऐतिहासिक तथ्यां से जुडी हुई है।   गोदना शब्द का शाब्दिक अर्थ…
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मुश्ताक खान
गोदना एक प्राचीन कला है। विश्व भर में इसे आदिवासी संस्कृति का अंग माना जाता है। आधुनिक समय में इसका जो रूप और सन्दर्भ बन गया है वह एक अलग कहानी है, परन्तु हम यहां इसके पारम्परिक चरित्र की ही चर्चा कर रहे हैं।  गोदना शब्द का अर्थ है किसी सतह को बार बार छेदना, अर्थात अनेक बार छिद्रित करना। इस प्रकार…
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The practice of tattooing is widely prevalent across Chhattisgarh. It is a form of body art practiced mostly by women on women, mainly amongst adivasi and ‘lower’ caste communities from this region. The word used for this practice is godna, which refers to the piercing of the body with needles. The…
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