[INDOLOGY] Religious Literature with Political Purposes

Artur Karp karp at uw.edu.pl
Tue Jul 7 12:38:21 UTC 2015

> two poles: one "sanskritisation", the other "tribalisation".

The question is: who functions in the role of priests at Kamakhya Devi?

Priests of local tribal cults?

If not, I would rather see there not "tribalization", but rather
"controlled Sanskritization" of tribal cultural elements, undertaken not by
the tribals, but by the local representatives of Sanskritic culture.
Motivated, as you have noticed, by the political need to communicate on one
hand with the local population, on the other - with the broader network of
sub-continental cult/pilgrimage centers.

Artur K.

2015-07-07 12:20 GMT+02:00 Paolo Eugenio Rosati <paoloe.rosati at gmail.com>:

> I complitely agree.
> But why "we" talk about "sanskritisation" phenomena if a goddess and her
> devotional cult are dominated by tribal elements? I would like to describe
> this goddesses as "tribalised", maybe because they represent a manipulation
> of the "mainstream" Hindu Devi, to whom are overimposed tribal elements.
> If the sanskritisation (or brahmanisation) process can be described as a
> vertical axis where are different degrees of sanskritisation; maybe we
> could describe this axis with two poles: one "sanskritisation", the other
> "tribalisation"... obviously the dialectic between cultures bring to hybrid
> phenomenon, but in my opinion the Hindu-Assamese culture is widely
> dominated by tribal traditions, and this probably depend by ancient politic
> needs.
> Best,
> Paolo
> P.S.: Maybe someone has a pdf copy of Kunal Chakrabarti "Religious
> Processes: The Puranas and the Making of a Regional Tradition" (2001).
> On 7 July 2015 at 11:25, Artur Karp <karp at uw.edu.pl> wrote:
>> Dear Paolo,
>> > So that are we sure that Kamahya is a sanskritised goddess? Or should
>> we consider the reverse process? Doesn't seem that were the Hindus to
>> emulate the tribal-men incorporating tribal worship elements?
>> To my mind, both.
>> A perfect example of a dialogic situation, whatever the motivation behind
>> the move to set up a new, structurally enriched place of worship and a
>> newly conceived object of veneration.
>> Best,
>> Artur
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