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Memorial stones (paliya) (Iconographic document)


Demski, Dagnosław

Place of publishing:

Bhuj ; Kutch District ; Gujarat

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Photography (scan from a slide). Memorial stones (paliya) are set to commemorate a particular person who died suddenly. 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 in 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 image shows two stones with images of riders on camels, both hold in their hands a sword and shield - the signs pointing to a Rajput. 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)

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part 1, box 10, 0020


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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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