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Author Name    Ralph W. Nicholas

Title   Thirteen Festivals: A Ritual Year in Bengal

Binding   Hardcover

Book Condition   New

Jacket Condition   New

Size   15 x 23 Cm

Publisher   New Delhi, India Orient BlackSwan 2016

ISBN    8192304639 / 9788192304632

Seller ID   107472

An expression common among Bengali Hindus says baro mase, tero parban, ‘in twelve months there are thirteen festivals.’ While each of these occasions is built around the worship of a particular god or goddess, they are also performances where setting, attire, ornamentation, recitation, music, and sometimes theater are brought together. Thirteen dramatically understates the number of such occasions around the year. Previous books in this series have described and analyzed the axial rituals in the annual cycle in the village of Kelomal, Purba Medinipur, West Bengal. These are the famous Sanskritic Durga Puja, the high point of the autumn in Bengal, and the less well known vernacular spring ritual of Gajan, devoted to Siva. The present work deals with the great variety of rituals that take place during the remainder of the year, including worship of Sitala, goddess of disease and mother of the village; Manasa, goddess of snakes; Laksmi, embodiment of prosperity dwelling in the rice crop; Krsna, who offers the possibility of liberation; Satya Narayana, who has a Muslim personality as Satya Pir; and the goddesses worshiped by women within the house: Sasthi, goddess of children; the auspicious Mangal Candi; and Bipattarini, who saves people from danger. Printed Pages: 262.

Thirteen Festivals: A Ritual Year in Bengal Ralph W. Nicholas

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