Folk traditions

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Simran Agarwal and Shruti Chakraborty
With a multiplicity of customs and rituals attached to its celebration, ‘weddings’ sometimes take peculiar and interesting forms in the mosaic of cultures constituting India. We look at courtship and marriage customs in some Indian tribes. (In Pic: A couple from the Garo tribe; Photo Courtesy:…
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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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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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Md Shalim Muktdir Hussain
Gasshi is an agricultural festival celebrated in Assam on the eve and the first day of the Kati/Kartik month. While Kati Bihu is the Assamese festival usually associated with the arrival of Kartik and is celebrated by the majority of Assamese population, Gasshi is celebrated by the Bengal-origin…
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Md Shalim Muktadir Hussain
Assam is a land of many peoples. Through the centuries several communities and tribes from Myanmar, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan, and other Indian states such as Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and parts of Northeast India made this state their home. Over time, these different cultures commingled to give rise…
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Md Shalim Muktdir Hussain
An acclaimed writer and public intellectual, Dr Ahmed is the founder president of the Char Chapori Sahitya Parishad, an organisation that works towards promoting the literature and culture of the char chapori (river islands and river banks) residents of Assam. Although he writes poetry, fiction and…
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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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