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|Title:||Il culto della Devī attraverso la tradizione del Meriah in Orissa|
|Publisher:||Padova, Edtoriale Programma|
|Abstract:||This work analyses the Devi's cult in Orissa through the tradition of the Meriah sacrifice among the Khond tribe of the interior forestal discrits. Since the Khond apparently practised the human sacrifice, British rule was imposed to eradicate this brutal custom and ëcivilizeí them. This coincided with a particular period of crisis in the transformation of the tibal worship tradition. Moreover the Meriah cult is survived and today is still performed in the tribal community of Orissa; although changed in the form, the cult maintains its originary importance. The study consists in a systematic comparison between the British military report of the XIX Century and the data collected during these years of field research among the khond community in Orissa; it is a contribution to understanding the origin of the cult and part of India's colonial past|
|Appears in Collections:||Annali di Ca' Foscari. Serie orientale|
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