Shia Ritual in a Sunni Setting: Muharram Observances in the Hill Station of Darjeeling, West Bengal
The Bagdogra-Darjeeling road begins in hot steamy flatland, flanked by bamboo thickets and banana fronds, but soon it rises and corkscrews among the hills. The vegetation changes: silver fir, rhododendron, maple, oak. From the window of my hired van I saw tea plantations with weathered placards bearing names like Longview and Margaret’s Hope. Women with baskets plucked tea shrubs and called to each other.
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