Entering the Temple Town of Bhubaneswar

  • Usha Menon


The chapter introduces readers to doing fieldwork in the temple town. The temple that is the heart of this neighborhood is dedicated to the Hindu god Siva, represented here as Lingaraj, the Lord of the Phallus. Thus, the chapter describes the temple, its history, the main features of its architecture, as well as the community that serves it. It also discusses the theoretical and epistemological implications of being a native/indigenous/postcolonial anthropologist, or a “halfie” of doing anthropological fieldwork in one’s own society. Finally, the chapter presents thumbnail sketches of five families whose womenfolk participated in the study as well as profiling a few key informants.


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  • Usha Menon
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  1. 1.Department of Culture and CommunicationDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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