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Title:

Memorial stones (paliya) (Iconographic document)

Creator:

Demski, Dagnosław

Place of publishing:

Bhuj ; Kutch District ; Gujarat

Date issued/created:

[1992]

Description:

Photography (scan from a slide). In the picture post-mortem stone with a statue of a camel rider. Memorial stones (paliya) are set to commemorate a specific person who suddenly died. They are usually placed at the border of the village . They are made of stone, on which are engraved symbols identifying the person and the signature of the local language (Gujarati here). There are some symbols (rider on a horse or a camel, a shrine, a female figure, hands raised up). Hand raised up points to the tragic death of a woman. At the top round shapes represent the sun and the moon. The custom of placing stones post-mortem is known all over the Indian subcontinent

Subject and Keywords:

ethnography ; social culture ; social life ; material culture ; Memorial stones (paliya)

Resource Type:

Photography

Format:

image/jpeg

Source:

part 1, box 9, 0038

Rights:

Rights Reserved - Free Access

Terms of use:

Copyright-protected material. May be used within the limits of statutory user freedoms

Digitizing institution:

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Original in:

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Projects co-financed by:

Programme Innovative Economy, 2010-2014, Priority Axis 2. R&D infrastructure ; European Union. European Regional Development Fund

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