The Newsletter 54 Summer 2010

Folk gods, memorial stones, pastoral communities and temples - the digitisation of Günther-Dietz Sontheimer's slide collection

Edeltraud BienekSonja Stark-Wild

In 1977 Günther-Dietz Sontheimer (1934-1992) became a professor of the Religious History of South Asia with a special emphasis on Hinduism at the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, where he also taught traditional law, Marathi language and literature. During his thirty years of research in India he made more than 22,000 slides portraying the everyday life and rituals of ordinary people, peasants, pastoralist communities and ethnic minorities.

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