Folk rituals

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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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Vishes Kothari
  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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Vishes Kothari
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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ഡോ ആർ. ഗീതാ ദേവി (Dr R. Geetha Devi)
ഗോത്രപാരമ്പര്യംവളരെ പ്രാചീനമായ ഗോത്രവംശ പാരമ്പര്യം അവകാശപ്പെടുന്നവരാണ് കുട്ടനാട്ടിലെ വേല സമുദായം. കേരളത്തിന്‍റെ പലഭാഗങ്ങളിലും വേല സമുദായക്കാര്‍ ഉണ്ടെങ്കിലും തൊഴില്‍പരമായും ജാതിപരമായും ഇവര്‍ വ്യത്യസ്ത വിഭാഗം തന്നെയാണ്. ഭാരതമലയന്‍റെ വംശത്തില്‍ പിറന്ന കുറവവേലന്മാര്‍ ആണ് തങ്ങള്‍ എന്നാണ് ഇവര്‍…
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Priya Malik
The aim of the research is to document critically the customs and rituals of a Jat Haryanvi marriage. For the same, the Haryanvi marriage songs will not only be archived, but interpreted and re-imagined in their translations. This research is a humble beginning of the infinite task of bringing…
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