The Kamot Ganga Puja: Sharks of Sundarban | Sekhar Aich | Visual Ethnography
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The Kamot Ganga Puja: Sharks of Sundarban

Raj Sekhar Aich

Abstract


There are innumerable undocumented shark (locally called Kamot) bite incidents on the women of Sundarban, but there is no artistic or cultural portrayal of sharks of the region in any form. This lack of representation creates lack of knowledge about this conflict -- and its effects on the women as well as the sharks. In an effort
to remedy this situation, a unique Ganga Debi puja was held in the Sundarbans, where a shark was created as her vahana, and with a girl child of the Sundarbans on her lap. This is a narrative documentation of that puja, it’s reasons and effects, and the day leading up to it.

Keywords


Sundarban sharks; Idol worship; Human-animal conflict; Anthrozoology; Human-shark relations; Multispecies ethnography

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ISSN Print 2499-9288
ISSN Online 2281-1605
Publisher Altrimedia Edizioni
Patronage University of Basilicata, Italy
Web Leonardo Di Benedetto



Periodico registrato presso il Tribunale di Matera, numero di registrazione 2/2014