Karran, Kampta
November 2001
Black Theology in Britain: A Journal of Contextual Praxis;Nov2001, Issue 7, p90
Academic Journal
This article briefly examines the Kali Mai Puja and the changes it has undergone in Guyana and Britain. No attempt has been made to compare the diasporic forms of the worship with how it is performed in India. To satisfy the stated purpose, an endeavor will be made first of all to establish: when, from where and by whom the Kali Mai Puja was brought; who is Kali Mai; how Kali Mai is invoked and how Kali Mai is manifested. Secondly, an outline of some of the changes experienced by this worship is given. The focus is on Guyana buy an attempt is also made to trace what has happened to this worship in Britain. Thirdly, I shall hazard a few predictions concerning future developments surrounding the Puja. Information for this piece was gathered from a series of informal conversations with devotees both in Guyana and Britian. These devotees especially those living in Britain (all of whom also identified themselves as British) were pleased that their religious practices were being researched and documented. The Kali Mai Puja is an under-researched area in Guyana and Britain and it is hoped that the present article, though only preliminary and exploratory in its intentions, will make a modest contribution in the study of theology and religion in the afore-mentioned societies.


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