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Tools and World-Making in the Worship of Vishwakarma

Narayan, Kirin; George, Kenneth

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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]

dc.contributor.authorNarayan, Kirin
dc.contributor.authorGeorge, Kenneth
dc.date.accessioned2020-12-20T20:58:19Z
dc.date.available2020-12-20T20:58:19Z
dc.identifier.issn1947-2498
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/218559
dc.description.abstractAcross 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 diversity of rationales and occasions for such worship. We suggest that heeding mythology, the ritual care of tools, and the worship of Vishwakarma may illuminate artisanship, manufacture, and the role of materiality in religious life throughout the Indian subcontinent.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
dc.sourceSouth Asian History and Culture
dc.titleTools and World-Making in the Worship of Vishwakarma
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume8
dc.date.issued2017
local.identifier.absfor220405 - Religion and Society
local.identifier.absfor160104 - Social and Cultural Anthropology
local.identifier.ariespublicationu5582616xPUB79
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationNarayan, Kirin, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationGeorge, Kenneth, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue4
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage478
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage492
local.identifier.doi10.1080/19472498.2017.1371506
local.identifier.absseo950408 - Technological Ethics
local.identifier.absseo950404 - Religion and Society
dc.date.updated2020-11-23T11:22:54Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85029707438
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