Buffalo sacrifice, Bisipara Village, Orissa, 1950s

Material Information

Buffalo sacrifice, Bisipara Village, Orissa, 1950s
Bailey, F. G. (Frederick George)
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Physical Description:
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Subjects / Keywords:
Animal sacrifice ( lcsh )
Buffaloes ( lcsh )
Sacrifice -- Hinduism ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage:
India -- Odisha -- Kandhamal -- Phulabani -- Bisipara
एशिया -- इंडिया -- ओडिशा -- कन्धमाल -- फूलबनी
ଏସିଆ -- ଭାରତ -- ଓଡ଼ିଶା -- କନ୍ଧମାଳ -- ଫୁଲବାଣୀ
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General Note:
In Bisipara, the buffalo sacrifice is a ritual offering to Tana penu, the earth divinity, during the Festival of Tana Penu. In former days, the sacrifice would have been human. Tana penu is also known as Tari or Tari penu. Tana Penu believed to be vindictive and vents her anger upon those who neglect her.
General Note:
Bisipara, in 2016, has the Indian pin code 762011
General Note:
Please note that these documents were not intended for publication by the author. They were notes the anthropologist made for himself and has generously given permission for them to be archived in this manner. -- The documents contained in the archive are ‘fieldnotes’. As such, the documents represent the active learning of an anthropologist about the field. Much of the material was necessarily tentative and speculative as the anthropologist attempted to understand what he saw and heard. The anthropologist would formulate these things differently in a final publication. -- The notes were made in the 1950s and have to be understood as being of their time.

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Source Institution:
SOAS, Univerity of London
Rights Management:
©2016, F.G. Bailey. Used here with permission. Permission granted to SOAS, University of London to display this item for non-profit research and educational purposes. Any reuse of this item in excess of fair use or other copyright exemptions requires permission of the copyright holder.