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Art for Tribal Rituals in South Gujarat, India: A Visual Ant...
Art for Tribal Rituals in South Gujarat, India: A Visual Anthropological Survey of 1969
 
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Author : Eberhard Fischer & Haku Shah
Publisher : Niyogi Books
ISBN# : 9789389136807
Pages : 528
Price:INR 4000
 
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Book Description

 Art for Tribal Rituals is the outcome of extensive fieldwork carried out by Eberhard Fischer and Haku Shah in South Gujarat in 1969. After an initial survey tour to locate village shrines and sacred pilgrimage sites, as well as specialists in rituals and crafts, the two art-anthropologists stayed in the field to observe as silent participants oracle and spirit-healing sessions, a death cere­mony and the worship of local deities by the village communities. Fischer and Shah documented their experiences in unprecedentedly detailed photographic sequences, and as well, took precise notation of what they observed. In addition, they spoke to the specialists and carefully noted their comments, which are reproduced in this book as individual “?indigenous voices?”. This book of 528 pages and 823 photographs thus presents painted stones, large wooden stone- slabs and figures – representations of bodies for otherwise unsettled souls of the dead – but also monumental wooden crocodiles, revered with piles of terracotta votive offerings. They also documented the production, installation and worship of these icons and ritual objects. An astonishing variety of expressive forms are displayed by these spectacular field photographs, taken half a century ago. This publication is a tribute to the artistic and ritualistic accomplishments of Adivasi ritual leaders, healers and craftspeople of the past in a once re­mote area of Western India.

 
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