Tag Archives: ritual

Nationalist Hierophanies

One semester in REL 101 I told students that I would perform a “ritual” with them, whereby I would make “the Sacred” manifest itself. My ritual supplies included a bowl of water, a glue stick, a lighter, and some square, rectangular, … Continue reading

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Scholarship From The Road: Southern India

By Deeksha Sivakumar I am currently in South India, conducting pre-dissertation fieldwork on some of the dolls commonly used in Bommai Golu. Golu is a tiered arrangement of dolls used to commemorate the South Indian version of the an annual … Continue reading

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Of Stampedes and Economics

By Deeksha Sivakumar The Juggernaut makes an appearance again. The recent stampede during the Mrugasira Fish Therapy has melded several myths surrounding Hindu rituals. A ritual that arguably combines religion and science, Fish Therapy invites several thousands of devotees and … Continue reading

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