A study of different versions of the popular Mahabharat of Sarala Das has led us to assert that most of the village deities in Orissa have a strong tribal affinity. In some cases, deities belonging to the tribes have continued in their original shape and tradition of worship to be performed by Hindus and tribals equally.. They have been regarded as the symbols of a common culture. Their worship articulates the feeling of oneness and social harmony in Orissa......... more
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