Pastoral Deities in Western India

Pastoral Deities in Western India

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This is a translation of a book by the internationally renowned German ethnographer Gunther-Dietz Sontheimer. Sontheimer here describes the religious system of a pastoralist area which includes parts of three linguistic regions (Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh). Making use of oral narratives collected from this area, he describes its gods and their worshippers: not only pastoralists, but also ferrymen, merchants, robbers and wandering holy men. Sontheimer places the oral material in its social, cultural and ecological context, showing how myths and ritual cycles give shape to the people's collective identity and attitudes toward other communities. This book represents hundreds of hours of interviews conducted under difficult fieldwork conditions. It not only presents a look at a virtually unstudied and fast disappearing way of life but makes a significant contribution to the understanding of Hindu more

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 25.4mm | 589.67g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 16 pp halftones, 3 maps
  • 0195055004
  • 9780195055009