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Memorial stones (paliya) (Iconographic document)


Demski, Dagnosław

Place of publishing:

Bhujodi ; Kutch District ; Gujarat

Date issued/created:



Photography (scan from a slide). Memorial stones (paliya) is set to commemorate a specific person suddenly died. They are usually placed at the border village or towns. They are built of stone, on which are engraved the symbols indicating the person and the signature in the local language (Gujarati here). Valid certain symbolism (the rider on the horse or camel, shrine, a female figure, hand raised up). Hand raised up points to the tragic death of a woman. At the top round shapes represent the sun and the moon. A place overgrown with acacia trees. The custom of placing Memorial stones is known throughout the Indian subcontinent

Subject and Keywords:

ethnography ; social culture ; social life ; material culture ; Memorial stones (paliya) ; symbolism of the dead

Resource Type:





part 2, box 3, 0028


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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