Folk rituals

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The short video is on one of the associated rituals of Poorakkali, the nine-day long festival that is celebrated in temples in North Kerala in April-May. Coconuts are broken against a slab of stone to appease the Mother Goddess. Then follows a tightly fought scuffle for coconut, and the one who…
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To the people of northern Kerala, the Poorakkali festival is a ritualistic penance as well as a celebration of love. This video documents the ritual of worshipping Lord Kama. The festival starts with the ritual of kamane veykal or creating Kama. On every morning, throughout this nine-day festival,…
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Pooram or Poorakkali festival of northern Kerala is a spring festival that celebrates the spirit of love. It is a nine-day festival observed in March and April. The ritual bathing of the idol or pooram kuli is the final ceremony of the festival where the priests carry out the idol to the temple…
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Poorakkali festival is celebrated in parts of northern Kerala in March and April. It is a spring festival that celebrates the spirit of love. During the festival, devotees sponsor meals in temples as an offering to the deity. The community gathers in the temple to prepare and distribute the meal.…
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Vishes Kothari
Following are samples and translations of different songs sung to various folk and ancestor deities across Rajasthan. These songs were collected over the years in the Thali-Shekhawati region of Rajasthan from a cross-section of communities. Performed by women, they form part of occasions such as…
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  Ann Grodzins Gold has spent many years living and researching in Ghatiyali, a town in Tonk district, Rajasthan. Her fieldwork and writings concern diverse topics— pilgrimage, women’s rituals and expressive traditions, environmental history, and most recently landscape and identity in a small…
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Vishes Kothari
What is 'folk' about 'folk gods and goddesses'? What makes them 'folk'? Remember what I had said about Pabuji—he is no great god in the Hindu pantheon, but a bhomiya god who has the power to intervene in the problems of everyday life, faced by nomadic communities like the Rabari of Rajasthan….…
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Women’s voices in South Asian history can be hard to come by. Even when written genealogies and histories, epics and religious treatises mention women, they treat them as ‘subjects’ or plot devices furthering male narratives. If one turns to oral traditions, however, one finds abundant presence of…
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Tarini Manchanda
The Sangtam tribe belongs to the Tuensang district in eastern Nagaland. Tuensang is located in the eastern part of Nagaland. It is bounded by Mon and Longleng Districts in the north and north east respectively, Mokokchung in the northwest, Zunheboto in the southwest, Kiphire in the south, and…
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