An Ethnographic Account of the Birth, Marriage, and Death Rituals among the Muslims of Kashmir
Dar, Ubaid A.
Islam has governed the operation of Muslim society in Kashmir, regardless of the geopolitical situation in the region. Muslims regard birth and death as transitions between two distinct lives, and marriage as a way of preserving humanity until the day of judgement. Nonetheless, the Kashmir valley’s diversity of identities and traditions demonstrates the spread of cultural components within and across distinct ethnic groupings. One example is the rites of passage practiced by Muslims in this Himalayan region, who, in defiance of Islam’s precepts, have included a variety of components into their birth, marriage, and death ceremonies, rendering them highly fascinating and unusual. Thus, this essay provides an in-depth examination of these facets of Kashmiri Muslims via an anthropological lens to comprehend both continuity and change from an Islamic perspective.|Keywords: Ethnography, Himalayas, Islam, Kashmiri Muslims, Rites of Passage
Rabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center, Creighton University
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