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 Lambs-Tyche, 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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Jodia Poraja: Fact Sheet

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Author(s): Rousseleau, Raphaël
Poraja (Porajā; or Porja or Paroja) is an umbrella category (from  prajā, peasant subjects of a king) that includes various social subgroups (Bodo, Sano, Pengo, Jhodia, Barong Jhodia, Chhelia, Konda, Sodia, and Solia) living in south Odisha and the Chhattisgarh area. They are 247,000 in number according to the 1981 census of India. Among them, the Jodia (or Joria or Jhodia) Poraja live mostly on the Koraput plateau, close to the Gadaba and Parenga tribes (see Berger, 2002). They originally spoke a Dravidia…
Date: 2019-11-02

Jodia Poraja: Religion, Environment, and Kingdom Memories

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Author(s): Rousseleau, Raphaël
From Colonial to Local CategoriesAccording to the colonial reports (Carmichael, 1869, 16, 75, for the earliest one), Poraja actually refers more to a “peasant class” than to an ethnic name. This umbrella term originated in the medieval relations between client subjects ( prajā) and a patron king ( rājā; Sundar, 1997), as well as in the contrast between rural peasants and “city dwellers” ( paurā). To this day, most of the local peasant groups acknowledge that they had more or less been subjects of the former kings of Jeypore and Nandapur (of the Silavamsi and…
Date: 2019-11-02

Journals and Series

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AAe Anthropology and Aesthetics AAION Anglistica AION AAS African and Asian Studies ABORI Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute AD African Diaspora Adibasi Adibasi Ādilok Ādilok AE American Ethnologist AES European Journal of Sociology / Archives Européennes de Sociologie AÉSC Annales. Économies, Sociétés, Civilisations Aesthetics Aesthetics AFF Annales de la Fondation Fyssen Africa Africa: Journal of the International African Institute AFS Asian Folklore Studies AJ Art Journal Alternatives Alternatives AmAn American Anthropologist Anthropos Anthropos AP…
Date: 2019-11-02