Swinging Before Śiva: Renunciation, Colonialism and a Bengali Ritual.De, Aniket.
Tisch Library Undergraduate Research Award Winner, 2014. 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 nineteenth century, and bann... read more