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Title: Indigenous Ritual Geography and Interreligious Participation
Subtitle: An Account of Fulpātī Ritual in Eastern Himalayas in India
Author(s): THAPA, Shivam , CHATURVEDI, Namrata
Journal: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue
Volume: 31 Issue: 2 Date: 2021
Interspiritual ritual participation as essential to everyday spirituality is a rewarding investment in decoding interreligious dialogue. At the current juncture in Indian social-religious history when a monolithic understanding of ‘religion’ is defining social life at macro levels, it is an urgent need to explore ‘indigenous religion paradigm’ to understand indigenous ritual aesthetics at micro levels. In the topographical and environmental context of mountain life in Eastern Himalayas in India, the paradigm of indigenous ritual geography is a valid model for understanding how transitions between and across religious/sectarian boundaries take place through shared yet distinct cosmologies, overlapping cultural symbolism and most importantly, mutually shared and reciprocal participation of human and non-human actors in religious rituals. Through a detailed ethnographic decoding of the Fulpātī ritual in eastern Himalayas, this paper aims to illustrate how exploring the ecoaesthetics of ritual theatre is a powerful way for mapping ecopsychological response to interreligious engagement.