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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Zeliangrong Naga: History, Pilgrimage, and Amplifying Difference at Bhuban Hill

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Author(s): Longkumer, Arkotong
Every year in February, on the night of full moon (Zem. jalua), Zeliangrong Nagas from the northeastern Indian states of Assam, Manipur, and Nagaland journey toward Bhuban Hill to reach Naga Bhuban cave in the district of Cachar, Assam. This site is located just below another auspicious pilgrimage ( yātrā) destination, the Bhubaneśvar Temple dedicated to Śiva in his form as Tribhuvaneśvara (“Lord of the Three Worlds [i.e. the Universe]”), and probably constructed by the Kachari kings of Cachar during the Middle Ages. It represents an important…
Date: 2019-11-02