From Stamp Paper to Brass Bells: Procedures of Petition and Justice in Goludev’s Territory

Baindur, Meera (2015) From Stamp Paper to Brass Bells: Procedures of Petition and Justice in Goludev’s Territory. In: International Conference on Non-State Legal Practices in India, 12-May 2015, Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities. (Unpublished)

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Golu is called the supreme deity of justice by his believers. This deity is territorially placed in a juridical relation with his subjects, those who reside in the districts of Almora and Nainital and also his believers who are sometimes not resident in his juridical region. He is often considered to be the “supreme court above the Supreme Court [of the Republic of India].” While Golu is clearly seen as a divine being operating above and beyond the state legal system, yet it is in the presuppositions of his devotees that he is placed within the same state system of justice. This is clear from my on-going field work in Chitai, Almora. I found that a non-state legal practice of petitioning the divine is contemporaneous with the procedures of state legal practices. Practices such as petitions through stamp paper, a practice of summons (called maath) and also punitive justice, retribution and fines are to be found in Chitai. In case of Golu, a legal stamp paper (until recently, now they are e-stamped) is used to petition the deity and the post- case payment (in kind) of the petitioner is made through the donation of a bell.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alternate Juridical Systems, Divine Justice, Non state legal, Golu Dev
Subjects: Humanities > MCPH Manipal
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Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2017 04:43
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