Object structure

Rural architecture and garments


Demski, Dagnosław


Fotografie przedstawiające mieszkańców Gudżartu i Radżistanu oraz pakistańskiej prowincji Sind. Szeroki wybór zdjęć przedstawia krajobraz, budynki, przestrzenie wiejskie, portrety, wybrane obrzędy, ubiory codzienne jak i odświętne oraz ikonografię. Wykonano je w latach 1989, 1992, 1994 i 1996. Jest to zapis pracy etnografa, jak również miejsc – wsi i świątyń, w których był przyjmowany prof. Dagnosław Demski. Zdjęcia stanowią cenny zapis zmiany profesji, porzucenie starych zabudowań oraz zmianę tradycyjnego ubioru


Hindu village shrine in Pakistan (Iconographic document)

Other names:

Obrazy Indii i Pakistanu-Pasterze rabari

Object description:

The photo shows a shrine in honor of …… Mata. This place, considered Hindu, is devoid of any signs. From the outside, we can see a tree surrounded by a barbed fence, and an empty place has been left inside. There is a small wooden box next to the tree trunk. This sacred site is situated in the Thar Desert outside the village. It is here that the night rituals are held during the full moon and last all night from dusk to sunrise. Singing and dancing to the accompaniment of drums lasted until morning. The ceremony is attended by members of the meghwal community, traditionally involved in killing animals in the Hindu hierarchy. They belong to the so-called Hindu untouchable castes, and in Pakistan also they are located on the periphery of the community.

Author (of drawing, photo, record):

Demski, Dagnosław



Accession number:

India part 3, box 23, 0035

Subject and Keywords:

rituals ; shrine ; meghwal ; Thar desert


Obrazy Indii i Pakistanu

Resource type:


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Creative Commons Attribution BY-SA 3.0 PL license

Terms of use:

Copyright-protected material. [CC BY-SA 3.0 PL] May be used within the scope specified in Creative Commons Attribution BY-SA 3.0 PL license, full text available at: ; -

Digitizing institution:

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Original in:

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Projects co-financed by:

Operational Program Digital Poland, 2014-2020, Measure 2.3: Digital accessibility and usefulness of public sector information; funds from the European Regional Development Fund and national co-financing from the state budget. ; European Union. European Regional Development Fund





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