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‘Mask of Dhumavati’ on display at IGRMS

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Under the popular museum series ‘Exhibit of the Month’ of Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, a traditional object is displayed in the appearance for a whole month.

The exhibit of the month- July, 2017 is ‘Mask of Dhumavati’,  Dhumavati -A Deity in Bhuta Cult of South Karnataka.  This exhibit has been collectedand curated by Surya Kumar Pandey (Assistant Keeper).

Another story tells that Shiva and Parvati were on their way to face Dhumasura, a powerful demon who could only be killed by a person who was a man and a woman at the same time, when Parvati suddenly felt very hungry. Shiva gave her everything he could, but it was never enough so he finally told her to eat him. Parvati absorbed the body of her husband till his head which couldn't pass into her throat and remained out of her mouth. At this moment the two gods merged into Jumadi, a divine being having the body of a woman and the head of a man. As expected Jumadi killed Dhumasura and became a protecting god for Tulu people.

As a possession cult and folk ritualistic theatre form Bhuta worship is seen to be a complex system involving many features- rituals and beliefs, music and narrations, dances and dialogues, social gatherings and entertainments, trances and oracles, miraculous healing of mental and physical disorders and settling of disputes and quarrels.

Spirit worship involves a number of actions and ritual of spectaculars effects- singing folk-epics or ballads called Paddanas which depict the stories of the spirits, dancing by priest impersonators possessed by spirits, wearing gorgeous costumes and masks, making awe inspiring cries, performing miracles and heroic feats and delivering messages of the divine spirit during times of diseases and settling village disputes etc.

 
 
 

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