That is where my work sets in. I have chosen the aforementioned renewal of the deities and the car festival as ethnographic examples, both held in and partially around Puri. Puri has been an important pilgrimage center for centuries. The city and its presiding deity, Jagannatha, achieved great distinction during the British colonial rule, when reports of a crudely carved deity on a huge chariot reached Europe.
Before a Hindu may go on a pilgrimage, he or she has to make ritual and mundane preparations. Since the ritual preparations have been dealt with comprehensively, my work will focus on the mundane, economic aspects. Yet, this distinction is somewhat artificial; pilgrims do not distinguish between ritual and mundane preparations. I will further investigate the expenses incurred during the pilgrimage.
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Eventually, I will examine the economic context at the place of pilgrimage. These economic aspects are crucial for every pilgrimage and influence the chosen means and conditions. These questions will assign a palpable, monetary in addition to the religious value to the investigated religious practices: the pilgrimage and associated activities and processes.
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Nevertheless, I do not anticipate a distinct separation between the economic and the religious sphere of pilgrimage. I shall approach my ethnographic thesis using two core anthropological methods: participant observation and qualitative interviews. Since I am mainly concerned with the microeconomic aspects of the pilgrimage, which differ from one individual to the next, I am interested more in the varying experiences of particular persons than with broad statistical averages.
I shall analyze the data I acquire during my field studies qualitatively. The chosen methods will enable me to provide an ethnographic account that reflects the attitudes of the involved groups of persons during the investigated festivals both as a collective and as individuals. I shall observe pilgrimages, festivals, and important pilgrimage sites primarily as a participant, accompanying single pilgrimage groups.
Thereby, I will gather information which will answer some of my questions and will probably lead to new promising questions. Whenever possible on these occasions I will have informal conversations based on a prepared questionnaire. Outside of these formal occasions, I will additionally conduct semi-structured interviews with pilgrims, ritual specialists, artisans, shop and hotel keepers, administrators and representatives of the temple, the city, and the state.
I will prepare the questionnaires in English, Hindi, and Odia, so that I will be able to state my questions to most informants.
Thereby, I will gather information that I have not collected during participant observation and informal conversations. Although I will continuously revise my questionnaires to align them to the latest results, the structure of the questionnaires will make the evaluated data comparable. Figure left: Gundica Mandir, destination of the chariot festival. Figure right: Jagannath Mandir, home of Jagannatha and his siblings.
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