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Paliyan: The Essential Roles of Shamanism
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Paliyan Life

People like Paliyar have long hunted and gathered wild foods in the most southern ranges of hills in Tamil Nadu, south India. Classical Tamil poems about those hills, written 2,100 to 1,800 years ago, mention a trench left by diggers of wild yams, as well as remains of discarded honey-collecting ladders on cliffs. This sounds familiar. Although armies from the plains ranged th…

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Gardner, Peter M., “Paliyan: The Essential Roles of Shamanism”, 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 24 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2665-9093_BERO_COM_031952>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20180907



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