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Orders Of Diffusion In Indian Folk Religion

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This chapter examines some of the reasons why the vocabulary of diffusion is particularly problematic within Indian studies, It discusses what the author called "orders of diffusion in" the Draupadi and Kuttantavar cults?. The chapter provides some clarification of such usages with regard to Hinduism generally and folk religious cults like Draupadi's and Kuttantavar's in particular, and discusses some of the theoretical issues raised by the study of folklore in folk religion.

Keywords: Draupadi; folk religion; folklore; Hinduism; Kuttantavar; orders of diffusion



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