Tribal religion is also seen in the regional context. Regional centres of Hinduism have emerged in Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, Guruvayur in Kerala, Kamakhya in Assam and Jagannath in Orissa, as symbols of cultural identity at the regional and national level in which local communities including tribes are involved. The relationship between tribal and Hinduism can also be seen in terms of the influence of Bhakti movements upon the tribal people. The spread of Vaishnav ideas started in the later middle age and penetrated deeper during the colonial period with the opening up of tribal areas and with the influx of Hinduised peasant Communities traders and moneylenders......... more
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