Goddess worship and the dancing form: exploring ritual in Indian prehistory and south Indian antiquity

Srinivasan, Sharada (2021) Goddess worship and the dancing form: exploring ritual in Indian prehistory and south Indian antiquity. Lietuvos archeologija, 47. pp. 145-166.

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Abstract: The Indian subcontinent has been one of the regions of the world where the worship of goddesses has been amongst the most longstanding. The seminal work of Marija Gimbutas on the Neolithic and Copper Age settlements of southeastern Europe and particularly her explorations into the feminine forms of the period as possible expressions of Goddess worship have implications for the material culture of the Indian subcontinent in ways that have perhaps not been adequately addressed. Equally, insights into some of the surviving trajectories of rituals and iconographies of goddess worship might serve to throw more light on enigmatic aspects of archaeological finds including from the Neolithic, not just in the context of the subcontinent but elsewhere in antiquity. The paper also sets out to explore the place of the dancing form in ritual particularly with respect to goddess worship, which emerged as a more distinctive feature of Indian antiquity than in many other parts of the world.
Item Type: Journal Paper
Subjects: School of Humanities > Archaeometallurgy
School of Humanities > Archaeology
School of Humanities > Art History
Divisions: Schools > Humanities
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2023 10:01
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2023 10:01
Official URL: https://open.istorija.lt/journal/LA/article/19/inf...
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    DOI: https://doi.org/10.33918/25386514-047007
    URI: http://eprints.nias.res.in/id/eprint/2476

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