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Toward a history of the Navarātra, the autumnal festival of the Goddess

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In this essay, I wish to address the problems a historian encounters while explaining the function and origin of rituals. One is particularly confronted by these problems when dealing with a ritual such as the Navarātra. With regard to its function, the festival resists sharp distinctions between the sacred and the temporal because it simultaneously propitiates a deity and solemnizes the authority of a ruler. It seems to be two things at the same time: a rite of religious power and a rite of ...

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Oxford, HUM, Oriental Studies Faculty
Journal:
Festchrift, Toronto Symposium in honor of Alexis Sanderson, March 26-28, 2015
Acceptance date:
2016-05-01
Pubs id:
pubs:656056
URN:
uri:8f264c79-244a-45e4-889b-736ead654f1c
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uuid:8f264c79-244a-45e4-889b-736ead654f1c
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