Hindu Processions & Rituals and their Complexities

Karsten Tadie

Student thesis: Termpaper


This report works its way from anthropological and sociological theories on processions and rituals, and uses literature to explain and illustrate rituals and processions within Hinduism. Through examples, it is understood how complex and diverse Hindu rituals and processions are. The report narrows down on two case studies, one where field work was conducted through personal interviews and participant and observatory work on the Jaipur Elephant Festival, India, the other a historical analysis of a series of Hindu-political processions during the 90s throughout India. The cases emphasize the different meanings and consequences of processions and rituals, where one proves to be an invented tradition, where the other proves to be advocating violence, while identity creation in both cases is an important aspect of the processions.

EducationsBasic - International Bachelor Study Programme in Humanities, (Bachelor Programme) Basic
Publication date21 Jun 2012


  • processions
  • Hinduism
  • Ayodhya Conflict
  • rituals
  • Jaipur Elephant Festival