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Publications [#241832] of Sumathi Ramaswamy

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  1. Ramaswamy, S, Of Gods and globes: The territorialisation of Hindu deities in Indian popular visual culture, in India’s Popular Culture: Iconic Spaces and Fluid Images, edited by Jain, J (2008), pp. 19-31, Marg, Mumbai
    (last updated on 2022/01/16)

    Considers the appearance of cartographic imagery in the form of maps and globes in the so-called god pictures that are such a ubiquitous feature of poular Indian visual culture of the past century. A special focus is on tracking the transformations through time of representations of the Hindu deity Varaha who is shown in much of twentieth-century popular art in the company of a terrestrial globe and the map of India. Through the considerations of such images, I suggest that the ’modern’ and ’secular’ science of cartography has enabled the transformation of "Hindu" deities into "Indian" gods.

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