William Sax, Professor and Head of Department of Anthropology, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University

Chair: Richard Wolf, Professor of Music and South Asian Studies, Harvard University

 

Professor Sax will discuss the pre-colonial society of the Western Himalayas, which consisted of small territories ruled by local devatas (Hindu deities) through their oracles. He will provide ethnographic details of the system as it still exists, paying special attention to how it has adapted to the modern, secular Indian republic.

 

Cosponsored with the Asia Center and the Department of South Asian Studies