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The Dead Speak: A Case Study from the Tiwa Tribe Highlighting the Hybrid World of Śākta Tantra in Assam

Department of Philosophy and Religion, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 601 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403, USA
Religions 2017, 8(10), 221;
Received: 5 July 2017 / Revised: 20 September 2017 / Accepted: 25 September 2017 / Published: 11 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Society for Tantric Studies Proceedings (2016))
In this paper, we shall examine how possession is understood in Assam, India. We are aware that the larger northeastern frontier of India retained indigenous practices, religious festivals, and beliefs in a plethora of exotic goddesses, rituals, which have continued unabated through modern times. This has resulted in cross-pollination between the Vedic or traditional Brahmanical or orthodox Hindu practices and the indigenous practices, which in turn has yielded a hybrid world of Śākta Tantra rituals and practices. View Full-Text
Keywords: Tantra; Assam; Possession Tantra; Assam; Possession
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Borkataky-Varma, S. The Dead Speak: A Case Study from the Tiwa Tribe Highlighting the Hybrid World of Śākta Tantra in Assam. Religions 2017, 8, 221.

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