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Tools and World-Making in the Worship of Vishwakarma

Narayan, Kirin; George, Kenneth


Across India, and much of the rest of South and Southeast Asia as well, tools, machines, and other instruments are periodically set down or stilled to become the focus of worship. This worship is associated often – though not always – with the Hindu deity Vishwakarma, or ‘Maker of the Universe.’ Our essay, based on preliminary ethnographic and archival research in India, gathers together myths about tools as well as anthropological accounts of tool worship to demonstrate the great...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: South Asian History and Culture
DOI: 10.1080/19472498.2017.1371506


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