The Rājasthānī Kāvaṛ: a pilgrimage in sacred space and to the past
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Instytucja
Wydział Orientalistyczny (Uniwersytet Warszawski)
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Główny język publikacji
en
Czasopismo
QUADERNI ASIATICI, RIVISTA DI CULTURA E STUDI SULL'ASIA
ISSN
2038-9795
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Rok publikacji
2013
Numer zeszytu
dicembre
Strony od-do
139-152
Numer tomu
104
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Liczba arkuszy
0,56
Autorzy
(liczba autorów: 1)
Słowa kluczowe
en
Rajasthan
Kaavad
Rajasthani culture
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Język
en
Treść
The aim of this paper is to present the rich and unique tradition of the Kāvaṛ, a portable wooden temple/shrine typical of the culture of Rājasthān. The Kāvaṛ is not merely a special product of the Rājasthānī wooden craft used for entertainment, but has a wide range of functions, the most important of which is religious. The Kāvaṛ is designed as a temple that is brought directly to the worshipper; thus, it establishes a more intimate contact between the devotee and the deity. An analysis of the Kāvaṛ reveals its strong connection to the experience of pilgrimage; nonetheless, a very special type of pilgrimage in space and time, usually to the past. Against the backdrop of the stories depicted in the Kāvaṛ, gods, heroes and spirits of the dead are evoked, hence it is used in a ritualistic way for the cult of ancestors as well. The Kāvaṛ tradition may also be an interesting example whereby ordinary human beings are placed in the Hindū sacred space. Kāvaṛiyā, the reciter of the Kāvaṛ stories, performs his duties for households where someone died. The image of the deceased person is placed in this wooden shrine. The social function of the Kāvaṛ tradition is supported by the fact that usually the Kāvaṛiyā belongs to the caste of hereditary genealogists. They help to reconfirm and reinforce identity through the presentation of myths of origin, genealogy or stories about heroes important for a certain community or caste. An ordinary mortal, therefore gets an opportunity to find his place both in the social structure and religious space. The Kāvaṛ can also be used for educational purpose as a tool in the process of enculturation. One who listens to Kāvaṛ stories can share the common cultural repertory of Hinduism. This is the uniqueness of the Kāvaṛ: it accentuates the fact that there is a place for everybody in both the cultural, social and religious space of Rājasthān.
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Inne
System-identifier
503309