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Kahika Dance (05:22)


This video shows a festival of absolution, death, and rebirth, during which a human scapegoat takes on bad karma and is sacrificed and resurrected. Men carry deities on litters and nauran ladies drop barley. A seemingly possessed chariot runs to a wall.

Deity Procession (06:12)

Participants carry deities on litters, or chariots, around the kahika area; the main god is Larain Mahadeva Shiva. Men in costumes dance to drums and pipes.

Chidra Rite (19:47)

A goor purifies participants as they dance in the deity procession. A chariot is connected to the dadh to transmit accumulated bad karma. Men and women wave wooden phalluses at participants who must pay fines in exchange for necklaces warding off evil.

Possession of Pujari (08:42)

Goors, pujaris, and the naur sit under the kahika with the deities and perform chidras, throwing purifying barley into a basket. The naur requests another bath. Men and women talk about family life.

Group Dance (07:14)

Festival participants follow steps in a circle holding hands.

Second Procession (11:34)

After resting, the goor and other functionaries begin dancing again. Men carry deities on litters. Participants become frenzied; pone man enters a trance.

Scapegoat "Death" (05:47)

Hear a description of the goor's wild dancing to protect people from evil spirits, the naur's ritual sacrifice and "funeral" procession, his wife's chidra, and his resurrection. A Biblical passage is used to compare the naur to Jesus.

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The Kahika Festival Episode2

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This program is the second part of a documentary by anthropologist Barrie Machin on the Festival of Kahika, a religious festival in India that is a sort of expiation ceremony and that is celebrated at various places in the Kulu region. The main purpose of Kahika is the transference, and thus removal, of sins (paap) or baneful influences (dosh-khot, kaari-shrapni) to a human scapegoat; first 'sacrificed', then brought back to life. In this ritual, both men and deity are absolved.

Length: 65 minutes

Item#: BVL192065

ISBN: 978-1-64867-349-8

Copyright date: ©1986

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