Search 
 Search Images 
 About 
   
KeywordBrowseFinding AidsCombinedBrowse Images Search HistoryAll Catalogs
Search:    Refine Search  
> You are only searching: Archives, Manuscripts and Photographs
 
More Smithsonian Searches
 
 Who else has...
 
  •  
  • Gardner, Robert,
     
  •  
  • Nambudiri
     
  •  
  • Brahman
     
  •  
  • Hindi
     
  •  
  • Ceremony
     
  •  
  • Liturgies -- recitation of -- vedas
     
  •  
  • Chanting -- mantras -- as part of liturgy
     
  •  
  • Ritual -- oblations -- Vedic
     
  •  
  • Sacrifice -- goats -- Vedic ritual
     
  •  
  • Priests -- ritual -- Vedic
     
  •  
  • Religious structures -- consecration of -- sala
     
  •  
  • Garb -- ceremonial -- dhoti -- priests
     
  •  
  • Tradition -- Vedic -- revival of
     
  •  
  • Acolytes -- religious -- Vedic
     
  •  
  • Kilns -- ceremonial pottery -- making of -- Vedic ritual
     
  •  
  • Pottery -- ceremonial -- use of -- Vedic ritual
     
  •  
  • Carpentry -- Vedic ritual
     
  •  
  • Baths -- ritual purification -- Vedic
     
  •  
  • Temples -- Vedic -- Hindi
     
  •  
  • Bricks -- use of in ritual -- Vedic
     
  •  
  • Horses -- use of in ritual -- Vedic
     
  •  
  • Turbans -- ritual use of -- Vedic
     
  •  
  • Plants -- ritual use of -- soma vines -- palasa leaves
     
  •  
  • Incense -- ritual use of -- Vedic
     
  •  
  • Firemaking -- ritual aspect of -- Vedic
     
  •  
  • Prayer -- in Vedic liturgy
     
  •  
  • Milk -- ritual use of -- Vedic
     
  •  
  • Prostrations -- in ritual -- Vedic
     
  •  
  • Language and culture
     
  •  
  • India
     
  •  
  • Kerala (India)
     
  •  
  • Panjal (India)
     
  •  
  • Asia
     
  •  
  • C.V. Neelakanthan Somayajipad
     
  •  
  • Cherumukku Vaidikan Shridharan Nambudiri
     
  •  
  • Erkkara Raman Nambudiri
     
  •  
  • Nellikat Neelakanthan Akkitirpad
     
  •  
  • Cherumukku Vaidkan Vasudevan Akkitirpad
     
  •  
  • Naramangalath Narayanan Nambudirirpad
     
  •  
  • Cherumukku Vaidikan Shridharan Nambudiri
     
  •  
  • Tekku Cherumukku Parameshvaran Nambudiri
     
  •  
  • Tekkamparampattu Narayanan Nambudirirpad
     
  •  
  • Kunnam Padmanabhan Nambudiri
     
  •  
  • Muttathukath Itti Ravi Nambudiri
     
  •  
  • Thottam Narayanan Nambudirirpad
     
  •  
  • Nellikat Vasudevan Nambudiri
     
  •  
  • C.V. Krishnan Nambudiri
     
  •  
  • Kavapra Marath Sankaranarayanan Nambudiri
     
  •  
  • Cherumukku Vaidikan Vallabhan Nambudiri
     
  •  
  • Kavapra Marath Neelakanthan Nambudiri
     
  •  
  • Erkkara Raman Nambudiri
     
  •  
  • Motion pictures (visual works)
     
     
    The Agnicayana Ritual in India 1975-1976
     
    Add to my list
    Creator: 
    Gardner, Robert, 1925-
    Title: 
    The Agnicayana Ritual in India 1975-1976
    Phy. Description: 
    reference film reels (22,000 feet) sound color 16mm
    archival original film reels (22,000 feet) sound color 16mm
    Digital Reference: 
    Audio clip Audio clip
    Summary: 
    Full film record of the twelve-day Nambudiri Agnicayana ritual performed in Panjal, India, the world's oldest surviving ritual, a Vedic sacrifice to Agni, the god of fire. Filmed in Kerala, southwest India, this 12-day ritual was performed in 1975 for perhaps the last time. Footage documents the material and spatial preparations for the event and ritual rehersals for the ceremony which was staged as a way of reviving an important observance in Nambudirir Vedic tradition. Shots include: construction of ritual implements and materials by carpenters, potters, and brickmakers; surveying and preparation of the ground for the sacrificial enclosures and for the main enclosure (salsa) in which the ceremony is performed; gathering of soma vines; and the complex enactment of the Agnicayana ritual itself which features extended and repetitive sequences of Vedic textual recitation and chanting. Detailed documentation of ritual phases featuring consecrations and construction of altars, oblations of ghee and various symbolic sacrifices upon the altars by priests and assistants; the preparations of soma and the rite of soma drinking; and the five-day construction and consecration of the main altar (Agni) accompanied by prescribed recitations of Vedic texts and the chanting of mantras. Various interviews with Vedic scholars and local authorities attending the event. Ritual concludes with the ceremonial buring of the ritual compound. The edited film ALTAR OF FIRE was produced from this film project.
    General Note: 
    Title derived from na e of project (unpuslished work)--archival collections
    Supplementary materials: 1,5
    Funding Note: 
    Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee
    Restrictions: 
    Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives FCP:2a
    Culture: 
    Nambudiri
    Brahman
    Hindi
    Subject-Topical: 
    Ceremony -- India
    Liturgies -- recitation of -- vedas
    Chanting -- mantras -- as part of liturgy
    Ritual -- oblations -- Vedic
    Sacrifice -- goats -- Vedic ritual
    Priests -- ritual -- Vedic
    Religious structures -- consecration of -- sala
    Garb -- ceremonial -- dhoti -- priests
    Tradition -- Vedic -- revival of
    Acolytes -- religious -- Vedic
    Kilns -- ceremonial pottery -- making of -- Vedic ritual
    Pottery -- ceremonial -- use of -- Vedic ritual
    Carpentry -- Vedic ritual
    Baths -- ritual purification -- Vedic
    Temples -- Vedic -- Hindi
    Bricks -- use of in ritual -- Vedic
    Horses -- use of in ritual -- Vedic
    Turbans -- ritual use of -- Vedic
    Plants -- ritual use of -- soma vines -- palasa leaves
    Incense -- ritual use of -- Vedic
    Firemaking -- ritual aspect of -- Vedic
    Prayer -- in Vedic liturgy
    Milk -- ritual use of -- Vedic
    Prostrations -- in ritual -- Vedic
    Language and culture
    Subject - Geographical: 
    India
    Kerala (India)
    Panjal (India)
    Asia
    Subject-Name: 
    C.V. Neelakanthan Somayajipad priest (Yajamana)
    Cherumukku Vaidikan Shridharan Nambudiri priest
    Erkkara Raman Nambudiri priest
    Nellikat Neelakanthan Akkitirpad priest
    Cherumukku Vaidkan Vasudevan Akkitirpad priest
    Naramangalath Narayanan Nambudirirpad hotar
    Cherumukku Vaidikan Shridharan Nambudiri Maitravaruna
    Tekku Cherumukku Parameshvaran Nambudiri Acchavaka
    Tekkamparampattu Narayanan Nambudirirpad Brahamanacchamsin
    Kunnam Padmanabhan Nambudiri Agnidhra
    Muttathukath Itti Ravi Nambudiri Udgatar
    Thottam Narayanan Nambudirirpad Prastotar
    Nellikat Vasudevan Nambudiri Prathihartar
    C.V. Krishnan Nambudiri Adhvaryu
    Kavapra Marath Sankaranarayanan Nambudiri Pratiprasthatar
    Cherumukku Vaidikan Vallabhan Nambudiri Nestar
    Kavapra Marath Neelakanthan Nambudiri Unnetar
    Erkkara Raman Nambudiri Sadasya
    Form / Genre: 
    Motion pictures (visual works)
    Repository Loc: 
    Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
    Local Number: 
    HSFA 76.2.1
    Co-Creator: 
    Burke, Kevin Cameraman
    Staal, Frits
    Item Information
    RepositoryCall No. 
    Human Studies Film ArchivesHSFA 76.2.1Add Copy to MyList

    Format:HTMLPlain textDelimited
    Subject: 
    Email to:


     Powered by Dynix
    About | © 2012 Smithsonian | Terms of Use | Privacy | Contact
    SIRIS - Smithsonian Institution Research Information System