Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Religions of the Indigenous People of South Asia Online

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Edited by:
Marine Carrin (Editor-in-Chief), University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès, and Michel Boivin, Centre for South Asian Studies (CNRS-EHESS), Gérard Toffin, Centre d’Études Himalayennes, Paul Hockings, University of Illinois at Chicago, Raphaël Rousseleau, Université de Lausanne, Tanka Subba, North-Eastern Hill University, Harald Tambs-Lyche, University of de Picardie-Jules Verne (Section Editors)

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Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Religions of the Indigenous People of South Asia strives to reflect the diversity of indigenous cultures of South Asia with its many language groups and religious traditions. Shaped by their own mythologies, these tribal religions differ in form and content from Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Islam, Sikhism, and Christianity, though variants of the latter traditions have been adopted by some indigenous people. Religion is taken in a broad sense and includes aspects of morality, symbolism, identity formation, environmental concerns, and art. Far from being simple survivals of an earlier stage, these religions often show remarkable capacity for adaptation and change. The approach is contemporary rather than a reconstruction of an anterior state, though it does not overlook relevant historical processes.

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Central India: Introduction

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Author(s): Carrin, Marine | Rousseleau, Raphaël | Guzy, Lidia
I. Introduction – II. Transformation of Rituals to Art Introduction For our purposes here, central India is taken to include Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Chhattisgarh, as well as adjoining parts of West Bengal, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana. Much of the area is hilly, with a forest coverage that comes close to 70% in Odisha’s Kandhamal district, while 44% of Chhattisgarh is covered by deciduous forest. Interspersed among the highlands, fertile pockets dot the landscape, often in the rive…
Date: 2021-11-10