Roots of Wisdom, Branches of Devotion - Plant Life in South Asian Traditions - Fabrizio Ferrari

Roots of Wisdom, Branches of Devotion - Plant Life in South Asian Traditions - Fabrizio Ferrari

9. Caryota Urens: From Vegetable Manifestation of God to Sacred Tree of the Shamans of Odisha

Roots of Wisdom, Branches of Devotion - Plant Life in South Asian Traditions - Fabrizio Ferrari

Stefano Beggiora [+-]
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Stefano Beggiora is Research Fellow in the History of India, Department of Asian and Mediterranean African Studies at Ca' Foscari University of Venice.

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Stefano Beggiora presents his extensive fieldwork among the Lanjia Saoras in the Rayagada district of southern Odisha. In particular, he discusses the ritual use of local palm wine (toddy) extracted primarily from the jaggery palm (Caryota urens L.). The custom of drinking this fermented beverage is a characteristic feature of the tribal culture of this region. Besides its social aspect, toddy is of central importance in a wide range of shamanic rituals and in the worship of ancestors.

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Beggiora, Stefano. 9. Caryota Urens: From Vegetable Manifestation of God to Sacred Tree of the Shamans of Odisha. Roots of Wisdom, Branches of Devotion - Plant Life in South Asian Traditions. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 193-210 Jun 2016. ISBN 9781781791202. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=30836. Date accessed: 09 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.30836. Jun 2016

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