The thesis examines the contemporary Bengali practice of worshipping clay images. By clay is understood 'unbaked' clay. The thesis makes a distinction between 'baked clay' (terracotta) images and 'unbaked' clay (terracruda) images and examines the preference for worshipping terracruda images.
The worship of clay images is examined within the context of image worship in general in India, referring to the classical iconographical canons and other texts in which clay is mentioned as a s...Expand abstract
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- The digital copy of this thesis has been made available thanks to the generosity of Dr Leonard Polonsky
The worship of clay images in Bengal
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