Connected Places: Region, Pilgrimage, and Geographical by A. Feldhaus

By A. Feldhaus

Hooked up areas examines the phrases and activities of people that dwell in areas within the country of Maharashtra in western India to demonstrate the concept that areas should not in basic terms created by way of people, yet given which means via spiritual practices. via exploring the folks dwelling within the sector of Maharashtra, Feldhaus attracts a few very attention-grabbing conclusions approximately how humans differentiate one quarter from others, and the way we use tales, rituals, and ceremonies to recreate their value. Feldhaus discovers that spiritual meanings hooked up to areas don't unavoidably have a political teleology. in accordance with Feldhaus, "There is additionally an opportunity, even now, that spiritual imagery can increase the lives of people and small groups with out engendering bloodshed and hatred."

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I take myself to be here in this house or block or neighborhood, in this state or nation, whenever I am convinced that . . I can in principle move (in person or by proxy) to any part of this region, however far-flung this part might be. 28 Connected Places Casey’s point about bodily movement refers to something like what Burton Stein (1977; cf. Markovits, Pouchepadass, and Subrahmanyam 2003) meant when he used the term “circulation” to discuss varieties of movement through the Tamil-language region of India.

Still, the milk overflowed their cups, the ascetics began to vomit what they had drunk, and milk started to flood the earth. The moon’s daughter came to flow on earth as warm milk: the Payosgi river. Some people I met who live along this river and are aware of this Mahatmya story know more geographical details. According to these people, some of the ascetic Brahmans washed down in the flood of milk came to rest at various places along the river, giving the places their names. Nilkagvhecvar RSi, at Nirol Gafgamai (Bhatkuli Taluka, Amravati District), is the only one people mentioned to me whose name sounds anything like that of the place where he landed.

Each time the ascetic came too close, they would toss a grain of rice behind them. The grain of rice would turn into a divalifga, and the ascetic would stop to worship it. 1 This story, which is widely told in Purandar Taluka of Puge District, Maharashtra, is a story about the founding of a region. The story shows how a set of places came to be connected to one another. The connection among these places came into being because the two brothers ran from one of the places to another, connecting them by physically moving between them.

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