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Habilitation by Karin Polit
Karin Polit habilitated on December 09th at the University of Heidelberg. |
In her second monograph “When Gods
Set Out To Wander”, the basis for the Habilitation, Karin Polit describes the
journey of a divine king through the mountains of the Garhwal Himalayas and
eventually to the stage in Delhi.
The book describes what the means to his
devotees and takes the reader on a journey through the various ritual practices
performed for his entertainment or as a means of direct contact between deity
and devotees. As some of the performances that are part of divine processions
in the Himalayas have inspired the local elite to produce performative pieces
of heritage theatre, the book also shows the effects of global discourses on
intangible heritage and folklore on the ritual traditions of the Garhwal
Himalayas in Northern India.
14 Dec 2015