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Feeding, Sharing, and Devouring

Book Description

Few thorough ethnographic studies on Central Indian tribal communities exist, and the elaborate discussion on the cultural meanings of Indian food systems ignores these societies altogether. Food epitomizes the social for the Gadaba of Odisha. Feeding, sharing, and devouring refer to locally distinguished ritual domains, to different types of social relationships and alimentary ritual processes. In investigating the complex paths of ritual practices, this study aims to understand the interrelated fields of cosmology, social order, and economy of an Indian highland community.

Table of Contents

  1. Religion and Society
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Table of Contents
  6. Table of Figures
  7. List of Tables
  8. Note on Usage
  9. Preface
  10. 1 Introduction
    1. 1.1 The Research Region
    2. 1.2 Ethnography of the Gadaba
    3. 1.3 My Fieldwork among the Gadaba
    4. 1.4 Food and Society
    5. 1.5 Some Theoretical Remarks
    6. 1.6 Organization and Theses
  11. Part One: The Social Order
    1. 2 The Social Order: Categories, Groups,Relationships
      1. 2.1 The House
      2. 2.2 The Local Sub-Line
      3. 2.3 Local Lines, Status Categories, and Dignitaries
      4. 2.4 The Village
      5. 2.5 The “Latecomers”
      6. 2.6 The Land
      7. 2.7 Relationships between Villages
      8. 2.8 Concepts of “Society”
      9. 2.9 External Relationships
      10. 2.10 Conclusion
  12. Part Two: Rituals and Festivals
    1. 3 Fed and Eaten: Transformations of the Person
      1. 3.1 Pregnancy and Rebirth
      2. 3.2 Birth
      3. 3.3 Sacrifice for the Dead
      4. 3.4 Tying the Chicken Bone
      5. 3.5 “Ending Pollution”
      6. 3.6 Tying the “Birth String”
      7. 3.7 “Taking Down the Hair”
      8. 3.8 The “Path Wedding”
      9. 3.9 The Process of Marriage
      10. 3.10 On the Living, the Dead, and Dying
      11. 3.11 The Mortuary Rituals I
      12. 3.12 The Mortuary Rituals II: gotr
      13. 3.13 Conclusion
    2. 4 The Table of the Agnates: Rituals of the AnnualCycle
      1. 4.1 Seasons and Festivals
      2. 4.2 Forms of Labor Help
      3. 4.3 The Hot Season
      4. 4.4 The Rainy Season
      5. 4.5 The Cold Season
      6. 4.6 Conclusion
    3. 5 “You Are the Goat, I Am the Tiger”:The Rituals of Healing
      1. 5.1 The Social Meaning of Illness: Precarious Relationships
      2. 5.2 Causes of Illness and Misfortune
      3. 5.3 Specialists, Diagnoses, and Treatments
      4. 5.4 The Healers’ Means
      5. 5.5 Curses
      6. 5.6 Destruction
      7. 5.7 Possession and Exorcism
      8. 5.8 Attacks by soni rau
      9. 5.9 Conclusion
    4. 6 Conclusion
      1. Transformation and Constitution of Social Relationshipsthrough Alimentary Processes
      2. Symbolic Classification in Alimentary Processes
  13. Appendix
    1. Epilogue
  14. Bibliography
  15. Glossary
    1. Desia
    2. Gutob
  16. Index