Temple Potters of Puri
The first to describe in detail a community of potters working for the Jagannatha Temple in Puri, eastern India, Temple Potters of Puri explores the role of the temple servant and how it affects the potters’ understanding of their work and of themselves.
- Category: Crafts
Several hundred potters participate as temple servants in maintaining the temple’s ritual cycle by performing their divinely assigned task. This study observes the potters’ technical prowess, sustained by devotion, but also examines the tensions within their relationships to more powerful temple servants and authorities.
The role of the potter as temple servant is at once glorious, as demonstrated by texts and personal interpretations of the potters’ divinely-appointed service, and pathetic, as shown in the brutality of caste-based hierarchy and cash-based exchange penetrating the modern temple’s daily operations.
The accompanying DVD shows the potters at work and records their skills and products as well as the annual festival that celebrates their role as temple servants.
Notes on Orthography and the Madala Panji
Introduction – INVISIBLE EARTHENWARE
PART I – POTS IN THE JAGANNATHA TEMPLE
CHAPTER 1 The Jagannatha Temple: Pilgrims, Sacred Food and Temple Servants CHAPTER 2 The Cycle of Pots in the Temple
PART II – THE POTTERS’ COMMUNITY, WORK AND RITUAL
CHAPTER 3 The Village
CHAPTER 4 Gifts of a God: Workshop, Kiln, Tools and Materials
CHAPTER 5 Work Processes
CHAPTER 6 Work Cycles and Life Cycles
CHAPTER 7 Kurala Purana: Origins and Status of the Potters as an Occupational Group CHAPTER 8 Kurala Panchami: Makers, Tools and Processes Sanctiﬁed
PART III – THE POTTERS AS TEMPLE SERVANTS
CHAPTER 9 Neli, the Potter’s Wife: The Potter Servants and Their Land
CHAPTER 10 Potter Leadership, the Tada Seba and the Monasteries of Puri
CHAPTER 11 The Potters as Modern Temple Servants: Duties, Rights and Rewards CHAPTER 12 Incorporating Outsiders, Debating Rights and Duties: Recent History of the Potters’ Community
Appendix I Technology: Terminology and Procedures Appendix II Repertory of the Kumbhara Bishoi Potters Appendix III Documents
|Number of photographs||268|
|Number of illustrations||30 drawings|
|Size||8.5 x 11" (216 x 280 mm), hc with DVD|
|Date of Publishing||2013|
|Rights Available||World rights|