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Mala Pandaram: The Religion of the Mala Pandaram
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The religion of the Mala Pandaram cannot be considered a form of Hinduism, as the people of this community, like the Todas to the north, worship specific hill deities (mala devis) that bear no relationship to the Hindu pantheon. Thus, many hills are associated with a mala devi, and there is very roughly one such deity for every 20 km2 of forest. However, it is not that the deity resides in a hill: rather, the hill itself is usually spoken of as if it were the deity, though both share the same name. These mala dev…

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Morris, Brian, “Mala Pandaram: The Religion of the Mala Pandaram”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Religions of the Indigenous People of South Asia Online, Edited by: Marine Carrin (Editor-in-Chief), University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès, 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. Consulted online on 23 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2665-9093_BERO_COM_032068>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20190122



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