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Gauri Dance, Bhils (Iconographic document)


Demski, Dagnosław

Place of publishing:

Udaipur ; Udaipur District ; Rajasthan

Date issued/created:



Photography (scan from a slide). Fragment of a tribal feast of Bhils dedicated to the goddess Gauri. Festival lasts for about 40 days and takes place during the rainy season. Every day a group of men from the tribe dancing in the next village. Culminating holiday in this region is in the suburbs of Udaipur and there are a few hours of dancing and playing a scene from tribal mythology, the most of them connected with life of a deity Rai Budiya. At the end of the procession holy figure of the goddess Gauri is thrown into the water. In the picture one of the actors-participants in the ceremony. In the foreground a couple of actors plays a scene from mythology Bhilów - one of the actors plays a figure of the goddess Gauri, the other her horse tiger. Behind them coming third actor plays the goddess Amba with her face painted in black, on the right - the other plays the female. It is a story showing scenes of hunting. Before them are the elderly people with the peacock feathers in their hands, a symbol of the goddess. This is the point at which the actors who plays an episode from mythology approach to the fire in the center. All the actors sing, and people are in a state of excitement. In the background you can see the audience - women and children-are seated around a designated space as a stage

Type of object:

Ethnographic object

Subject and Keywords:

ethnography ; social culture ; social life ; material culture ; Gauri Dance ; Bhils ; Rajasthan ; South Asia (India, Pakistan)

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part 1, box 4, 0007


Rights Reserved - Free Access

Terms of use:

Copyright-protected material. May be used within the limits of statutory user freedoms

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:

Programme Innovative Economy, 2010-2014, Priority Axis 2. R&D infrastructure ; European Union. European Regional Development Fund





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