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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 group of actors play a scenes from Bhil mythology - one of the actors playing the goddess Gauri figure with a sword and peacock feathers, and the second the horse tiger. Before them, there is another actor who plays the goddess Amba, his face painted in black, and the sword and the cup. It is a story showing scenes from mythology, of the Bhil tribe. On the right side are sitting a group of elders around the fire burning in the center on the time of the ceremony. Next to them stand the actors who plays female roles, and drummer. Participants of the ceremony with singing leading the audience to a state of rapture. In the background you can see the audience - men, 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, 0015


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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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