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The worship of clay images in Bengal

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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...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Faculty of Oriental Studies
Publication date:
1983
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford
Barcode:
602363907
URN:
uuid:2a4eb713-7bae-4fa8-9dbe-1660f1ee1e13
Local pid:
td:602363907

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