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    Hail Mother Kali: Indo-Guyanese Video Project, 1988 1988
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    Stephanides, Stephanos filmmaker
    Hail Mother Kali: Indo-Guyanese Video Project, 1988 1988
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    archival original 9 videocassettes (9 hours) sound color 3/4 inch
    archival original 15 video cassettes (15 hours) sound color 1/2 inch VHS
    Full video record of an annual three-day Kalimai (Mother Kali) puja held in Berbice, Guyana. Footage documents various aspects of the worship of the Hindu Mother which was brought to Guyana by predominatly south Indian indentured laborers (known as Madrasi) from the mid 19th to early 20th century. In contemporary Guyana this Creolized tradition continues to be known as Madrasi religion. Documentation features invocatory chants sung in Tamil and <bhajans> (devotional songs) and <kathas> (stories) in Hindi and English. Included are interviews with the <pujaris> (principal ritual specialists) who direct the event; preparations in the temple; and drumming, dancing, and chanting which leads to devotional possession of various participants. The video also depicts the religious sacrifice of goats and the ritual flagellation of and fire-eating by devotees and includes an ethnohistory of the pujari who helped establish the Mother Kali tradition in Guyana.
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    title supplied by HSFA staff (unpublished work) -- archival collection
    Supplementary material: monograph; glossary of Hindi/Tamil/Creole terms used by devotees and bibliography of related materials
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    Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
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    HSFA 91.1.1
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