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Religions, Volume 10, Issue 2 (February 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) This article focuses on the multi-sensory prayers that certain groups of Hindu women craft in cow [...] Read more. This article focuses on the multi-sensory prayers that certain groups of Hindu women craft in cow dung at the doorstep of their residences during Divali. This ritual is generally considered the worship of god Krishna and the natural environment he inhabits. Ethnographic research into women’s cow dung sculptures in rural Udaipur (Rajasthan) reveals that the sculptures also reflect the local environment that women share with families, animals, and (other) gods. Therefore, this article seeks to answer the following questions: How are women’s sculptures built up as ritual objects, what different images are expressed in them, and what do these images reveal about women’s intimate and gendered connections with their human and non-human environment? To answer this, the article focuses on the iconography of women’s sculptures, the performance of the ritual, and the doorstep as the location where the ritual takes place. View this paper