The present report is based on such practices in a village of the Bhuiyan tribe, near the district town Keonjhar in Orissa, India. The Bhuiyan is one of the major tribes of Orissa and occupy an expansive area, both on the hills and in the plains. Although they have their own system of beliefs and modes of propitiation, those living near the non-tribal habitation have inducted many Hindu gods and goddess. It can also be argued otherwise, that many tribal rituals and beliefs have been incorporated into Hindu religion. Thus, 'Mangala' is a goddess propitiated by the Hindu, as the benevolent divine power. This 'Mangala' goddess appears through a Bhuiyan pious woman to do benefit to the persons who repose faith on the goddess with deep devotion. To the people it is not magic but kindness of the supernatural's divine power......... more
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