Monday, 10 March 2008

Art and Culture of Warali Tribe

Art and Culture of Warali Tribe
by Remigius de Souza

“As a generation passes away, the statue of ‘Vaghdev’ – tiger god, the oldest of the pair is removed and a new one takes its place. Vagdev’s statue will regenerate in the cycles of death and birth. … We do not find gurus, prophets, scriptures and temples… among the Warlis. His Vaghdev stands in the open under the canopy of the sky, awaiting regeneration. The civilizations created great religions (and anti-religion/s), great temples, great libraries, great deserts, and great wars in the name of religions. His art is part of his religion, culture, community and person. Is Vaghdev the keeper of the forest just as the tribal are?”

(Remigius de Souza, ‘Tribal Housing and Buddha and the Art and Science of Karvi Hut’, paper presented at the First Congress of Traditional Sciences and Technologies of India at Indian Institute of Technology, Povai, Bombay, 28 Nov – 3 Dec 1993)

Remigius de Souza

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