Dharmaraj Puja

Dharmaraj Puja
The¬†Dharmaraj Puja, another Hindu ritual performed in Bengal, also features low socioeconomic status individuals self-inflicting harm in front of large audiences. Participants come primarily from the untouchable caste.¬†Dharmaraj Puja involves some extreme behaviors such as walking on burming embers, whipping, pressing thorns over one’s and hanging by the legs over open firepits. Participwrion seems to confer a temporary gain in social status (Rohner & Chaki-Sircar, 1988).

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