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Altar of fire [videorecording] /
produced by Robert Gardner and Frits Staal for the Film Study Center, Harvard University.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California, Extension Media Center, 1976.
description
1 videocassette (45 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. (VHS)
format(s)
Videocassette
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California, Extension Media Center, 1976.
local note
Also available in AVL on film: 160046.
abstract
Details the 12 day Agnicayana or Atirātra, a vedic ritual of fire sacrifice. The ritual is over 3,000 years old (Agnī is the god of fire). The major portion of the film is devoted to showing segments of the various separate sacrifices, and their accompanying chants. The film presents part of a much fuller record of the Agnicayana, or Atirātra, a Vedic ritual of sacrifice. It was performed, perhaps for the last time, in April, 1975, by Nambudiri Brahmans in Panjal, a village in Kerala, Southwest India. In relative isolation and through the centuries, this Nambudiri community has remained faithful to its Vedic heritage. The twelve day Agnicayana ritual requires the participation of 17 Nambudiri priests, and the event is preceded by several months of preparation.
catalogue key
409082
target audience
General.

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