Playlist:  Examples of Hindu Rituals by Anonymous

Clips illustrating the variety of Hindu rituals.
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Vaastu Introduction
written by Sashikala Ananth; directed by Bala Kailasam, 1959-2014 (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 2004), 52 mins  
A detailed discussion of the vāstupuruṣamaṇḍala is in Kramrisch, Stella. The Hindu Temple. 2 vols. Calcutta: University of Calcutta, 1946. This is a controversial topic, since later writers have questioned the extent to which this theoretical schemata was actually applied in practice in such articles as Bafna, Sonit. “On the Idea of the Mandala as a Governing Device in Indian Architectural Tradition.” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 59.1 (2000): 26–49 http://www.jstor.org/stable/991561
06:09
17 Jul 2013
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Opening the statue's eyes
written by Sashikala Ananth; directed by Bala Kailasam, 1959-2014 (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 2004), 52 mins  
Note that the temple idol is simply a block of stone until the ceremony of opening the statue's eyes, at which point it becomes a divine representation, and not even the sculptor himself is permitted to approach the deity directly
08:48
17 Jul 2013
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The Agnicayana Vedic Sacrifice ritual, Kerala, 1975
written by Robert H. Gardner, 1947- and J. F. Staal, fl. 2010; directed by Robert H. Gardner, 1947- and J. F. Staal, fl. 2010; produced by Robert H. Gardner, 1947- (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER)), 45 mins  
The last performance of the Agnicayana vedic ritual, performed by Kerala brahmins. Note that "Agni" is "fire."
09:50
17 Jul 2013
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Worshipping Shiva in West Bengal
written by Ákos Östör, fl. 1985 and Robert H. Gardner, 1947-; directed by Robert H. Gardner, 1947- and Ákos Östör, fl. 1985; produced by Ákos Östör, fl. 1985 and Robert H. Gardner, 1947-, in Pleasing God (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 1985), 27 mins  
For more ethnographic details see Cycles of Life in a Bengali Town http://learningobjects.wesleyan.edu/bishnapur/
05:44
17 Jul 2013
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Teyyam in Kerala, first of two
written by Erik de Maaker, 1971-; directed by Erik de Maaker, 1971-; produced by Erik de Maaker, 1971- (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 1998), 57 mins  
For ethnographic discussion of how this performance was filmed, see Erik de Maaker, "Integrating ethnographic research and filmmaking: Video elicitation for a performance-oriented analysis of the Teyyam ritual," Visual Anthropology, Vol. 13(2), pp. 185-197, January 1, 2000
04:59
17 Jul 2013
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Teyyam, second of two
written by Erik de Maaker, 1971-; directed by Erik de Maaker, 1971-; produced by Erik de Maaker, 1971- (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 1998), 57 mins  
A brief clip of the actual performance.
02:00
17 Jul 2013
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Vishnu ritual in Orissa
written by Prithwiraj Misra, 1951-2009; directed by Prithwiraj Misra, 1951-2009; produced by Prithwiraj Misra, 1951-2009 (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 2005), 49 mins  
A Vishnu ritual at Jagannath Temple in Orissa. For a fascinating discussion of online Darshan of this ritual, see Heinz Scheifinger, "The Jagannath Temple and Online Darshan," Journal of Contemporary Religion, Vol. 24, No. 3, pp. 277-290, October 2009 http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail?sid=809ec1be-8e73-4ef5-bcba-35e8f0e43888%40sessionmgr14&vid=1&hid=14&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=aph&AN=43661827
08:45
17 Jul 2013
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