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)

Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Religions of the Indigenous People of South Asia Online strives to reflect the diversity of indigenous cultures of South Asia with its many language groups and religious traditions. Religion is taken in a broad sense and includes aspects of morality, symbolism, identity formation, environmental concerns, and art. The approach is contemporary and not a reconstruction of an anterior state, though this does not exclude talking about historical processes.

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Lanjia Saora: Fact Sheet

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Author(s): Beggiora, Stefano
The Lanjia Saoras (or Hill Saoras) are a small ethnic group with a distinctive culture of great relevance, most of whom live in the central-eastern Indian states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. Despite a certain tendency in India to consider them as part of the larger ethnic minority of Savara (spelled alternatively as Sabara/Sora/Sabar, etc.; Singh, 2001), who also live in areas of the neighbori…
Date: 2019-04-15

Lanjia Saora: Shamanism and Modernity: Dynamics of Resistance to Social Transformation

(6,468 words)

Author(s): Beggiora, Stefano
Although the origins of this ethnic group remain shrouded in mystery, the term śavara, with a number of variants, appears frequently in ancient Sanskrit literature dating back to the Aitareyabrāhmaṇa
Date: 2019-04-15