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Religious and cultural heritage of Goa. The next installment in my ongoing series features the Vetal from Priol, once a village of great beauty, shade, and quiet. These images, taken in 2007, assume an added sense of value as historic records given the pervasive trend of taking down the old temples on the pretext of […]

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The series continues. The next chapter in the Vetals of Goa theme features the deity from Sanvordem. My introduction from the first post in the series is excerpted below:   From The Vetals of Goa: Amona The ancient deity of Vetal, its iconography and associated rituals, are important elements of, and unique to, Goa‘s Hindu […]

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Today we call on the Vetal of Netravali, a remote village in Goa‘s forested southeast corner. The shrine is even further removed from the village but is well worth a visit, for the subject here cuts an imposing presence. In these rural pockets vestiges of ancient ways of life are still sensed. See this post […]

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This is the launch of a new series – the photographic documentation of the ancient Vetal idols of Goa. A few images have been included in earlier posts; those and the ones to follow are now consolidated at this link. In the village of Amona, the idol is fitted with a gleaming shell and wrapped […]

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Keri is a small village in Goa, around 15 kms east of the capital Panjim. It is sometimes spelled Querim, the trailing ‘m’ denoting the nasal phonetic characteristic of Konkani syllables. Since there are at least 3 other villages in Goa bearing the same name, the ambiguity is removed by calling it Keri-Ponda, after the […]

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