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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
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