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Ganga Dhaara – Sacred Spaces

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Length: 29:40 The Ganga Dhaara festival, a one-day pilgrimage of Hindus at the Marianne River along the north coast of Trinidad, formally established in 1993 and continues to this day. It was inspired by Ganga Dussehra, a Hindu festival in India which commemorates the descent of the Ganges River from the Heavens to Earth, but provides a ‘space’ for a range of Hindu activities This film examines how and why the Ganga Dharra festival came to be based on accounts from the key founders and participants. It addresses issues of inheritance and continuity and religious and cultural retention in the context of modernization.