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Guard of Gods on the land
2004-02-15 oochappan

Guard of Gods on the land

Madurai

Let's take the motorbike up to Kanyakummari. Under the way in the middle of the fields I found this lonely guard protecting the lands.

You see a lot of these statues on the land even in terracotta, not painted, actually I was looking for another one that was newly painted when I found this one, in a totaly desolate spot in the fields.

Nature worship was an ancient tradition in India and all forms of life were considered sacred. There was a general conception among the early people that the godly element was actively at work in places of natural beauty. Hence trees were sacred to the ancient Tamils. They considered trees the abode of spirits and gods and believed that the sacredness of living beings and inanimate objects ensured their safety and persistence. Many villages set apart sanctified land to propitiate the vanadevatas, i.e. tree spirits. In certain groves the entire vegetation was considered sacred and worshipped.


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