Tradition and religion

Invention of tradition

Print edition : February 01, 2019

The District Collector of Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, offering country liquor to Goddess Mahamaya at a temple on the occasion of Durgashtami during Navaratri festival in October 2010. Scholars have argued that despite the brahmanical claim of assimilation, such “non-vegetarian” gods and goddesses represent a different world view of the marginalised and oppressed people. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Tradition, often used to legitimise practices of religious inclusion and exclusion, is not a monolithic given but is shaped by social contexts. It has to change when circumstances change.
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