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Myth and Ritual

S.C. Dube

in The Kamar

Third edition

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780198077312
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081158 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077312.003.0006

Series: Oxford India Perennials Series

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This chapter examines the different myths and rituals of the Kamar tribes. It first studies the mythology of the Universe, and observes that the Kamars' folklore is poor in terms of traditional myths and legends. The next section examines their story of the origins of the world, which is composed of five main parts. The first two discuss the destruction of the old universe and the creation of the new universe. The last three parts analyse the creation of the human race and several animal species, and the origins of the castes and occupations. From here, the discussion moves on to the religion of the Kamars. It introduces the Kamar pantheon, where several categories of deities and gods are worshipped, and studies the legend of the Kachna Dhurwa. This chapter also covers the Kamars' religious ceremonies and festivities, as well as the origins of magic and witchcraft.

Keywords: myths and rituals; mythology of the Universe; origins of the world; religion; castes and occupations; Kamar pantheon; Kachna Dhurwa; religious ceremonies; magic; witchcraft

Chapter.  9892 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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