Being and believing: Santhal world of gods and spirits

Sinha, Upasana; Manna, Nirban (Articol)

“The Santhal, though one of the most significant tribes in India yet little is known about their habitus. They live not only in their human tribal society but also in a much greater and larger society consisting of different spirits and supernatural beings. Belief in the invisible world has made the Santhalis deem that fate of the individual and community at large depends upon the practices which are followed by them. Taking these into consideration, the present paper probes into the theistic and animistic beliefs of the Santhal community and their concepts of health, disease, treatment, life and death which are as varied and conglomerate as their culture. The paper also delves into their centred concept of God, benevolent, malevolent spirits and the religious practices followed by them which are entangled in their cognitive process. To capture this wholeness of Santhal habitus, Folktales have been used as a medium which would ultimately help in gauging their supernatural understanding and relationships with the unseen forces which intervenes human affairs.”

Cuvinte cheie: animistic, folktales, religion, Santhals, theistic, and tribal literature

Revista de etnografie și folclor / Journal of Ethnography and Folklore

2018, nr. 1-2, p. 68-86