M.N. Srinivas

in The Remembered Village

Second edition

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780198077459
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081165 | DOI:

Series: Oxford India Perennials Series


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This chapter provides general remarks on religion in Rampura. The villagers propitiated a wide variety of deities from the high gods and goddesses of all-India Hinduism in their various manifestations to local ones presiding over epidemics Deities differed from each other also in their personalities and character. This was particularly seen in the contrast between the mild, vegetarian deity Rama, and the fierce Mari. When several households had the same house deity, it was frequently indicative of the existence of an agnatic linkage between them. Astrology is woven into the fabric of Hindu religion as it is lived from day-to-day. The chapter takes into account certain ideas basic to the understanding of the day-to-day religious life of the people in Rampura and neighbouring villages.

Keywords: house deity; deities; Rama; Mari; astrology; religious ideas; Rampura; all-India Hinduism

Chapter.  17228 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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