Of Gods and globes: The territorialisation of Hindu deities in Indian popular visual culture

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Considers the appearance of cartographic imagery in the form of maps and globes in the so-called god pictures that are such a ubiquitous feature of poular Indian visual culture of the past century. A special focus is on tracking the transformations through time of representations of the Hindu deity Varaha who is shown in much of twentieth-century popular art in the company of a terrestrial globe and the map of India. Through the considerations of such images, I suggest that the ’modern’ and ’secular’ science of cartography has enabled the transformation of "Hindu" deities into "Indian" gods.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ramaswamy, S

Cited Editors

  • Jain, J

Published Date

  • 2008

Book Title

  • India’s Popular Culture: Iconic Spaces and Fluid Images

Start / End Page

  • 19 - 31

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