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Is the Goddess Really There? Authenticity and Mass- Mediated Possession Rituals in Uttarakhand, North India Stefan Fiol & Pritam Bhartwan
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Objectives Introduce possession rituals from the Uttarakhand Himalayas Understand the motivations for and effects of commercializing possession rituals Complicate the idea of authenticity and apply to video excerpts of rituals
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Spiritual Life 95% of people self-identify as Hindu Multiple forms of divinity: Ishta devta/devi (personal goddess) Kul devta/devi (household goddess) Gaon devta/devi (village goddess) Hauntiya (close to ‘ghost’ – unappeased spirit) Sayyid pirs (founders of a Sufi order) Ancestral spirits Other local forms of Shiva, Vishnu, and Devi
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Possession Ceremonies (Jagar) Jagar a form of worship, communication, divination The root jag- means to “awaken” or inducing the deity to enter the body of a medium Possession may be considered dangerous or auspicious, depending on the divine form who
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