Swinging Before Śiva: Renunciation, Colonialism and a Bengali Ritual.De, Aniket.
Tisch Library Undergraduate Research Award, Department of Religion. Abstract: This paper studies the ritual of Gājan or “hook-swinging”, a common practice in colonial Bengal. The ritual was a show of magical power gained by undertaking asceticism and worshipping the god Śiva; devotees showed the ability to swing unsupported from high poles. The British were disturbed by the ritual in the nineteent... read more