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Paliyan: Fact Sheet
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Among peaceful, egalitarian Paliyan (pl. Paliyar) foragers in the South Indian hills, 28% of men and women serve as the mouthpiece (shaman) of a male or female “protecting” god (cami). A cami can both diagnose whether an attacking spirit, sorcery, or immoral human behavior has caused an illness or injury and deal with such a problem. Kattu karuppu (or kattu) spirits attack Paliyar quite frequently but protecting gods are able to chase them away. Shamanistic sessions occur every week or two in any local group; they often last more than an hour or tw…

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Gardner, Peter M., “Paliyan: Fact Sheet”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Religions of the Indigenous People of South Asia Online, Marine Carrin (Editor-in-Chief), Michel Boivin, Gérard Toffin, Paul Hockings, Raphaël Rousseleau, Tanka Subba, Harald Lambs-Tyche (Section Editors). Consulted online on 02 December 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2665-9093_BERO_COM_032179>
First published online: 2019



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