This article investigates the importance of Bhuban Hill in the district of Cachar Hills in Assam and the larger issues surrounding pilgrimage. It argues against a normative reading of pilgrimage as communitas and suggests a more contested and rigorous description of the pilgrimage shaped by divergent histories and in particular rival claims over religious leadership. The article discusses two Zeliangrong Naga traditions – Heraka and Poupei Chapriak – and examines the landscape of Bhuban hill with its accretion of indigenous and pan-Hindu symbols that situate the genesis of the two traditions, claims over rival leadership, and the contested ideologies of contemporary pilgrims over sacrifice. The landscape of Bhuban provides a history of this sacred site, marked by divergent histories and amplified by differences.
|Title of host publication||Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Religions of the Indigenous People of South Asia Online|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 20 Dec 2019|
|Name||Handbook of Oriental Studies|