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Creators:
Gardner, Robert, 1925-2014
Staal, Frits
Dates:
1975-1976
Size:
Film reels (color sound, 22,000 feet, 16mm)
Collection ID:
HSFA.1976.02
Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives

Full film record of the twelve-day Nambudiri Agnicayana ritual performed in Panjal, India, the world's oldest surviving ritual, a Vedic sacrifice to Agni, the god of fire. Filmed in Kerala, southwest India, this 12-day ritual was performed in 1975 for perhaps the last time. Footage documents the material and spatial preparations for the event and r...

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