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In the Realm of the Diamond King: Myth, Magic, and Modernity in the Diamond Tracts of Central India

Lahiri-Dutt, Kuntala; Chowdhury, Arnab Roy


From being “the cradle” of raw diamonds in the world in the eighteenth century, India has turned into an insignificant producer of rough diamonds today. Yet, even now, the indigenous Gonds mine diamonds artisanally in a remote location in central India, largely hidden away from public vision. This article presents an exposition of artisanal diamond mining in central India from the humanistic tradition in geography to illuminate the “realm” of the Gonds, where magic and social relations rule...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Annals of the American Association of Geographers
DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2018.1449629


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