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Altar of fire

Author: Robert Gardner; Frits Staal; University of California (System). Extension Media Center.
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Extension Media Center, 1977.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Documents the last performance of the Agnicayana, the world's oldest surviving sacrificial ritual, enacted by the Nambudiri Brahmins of southwestern India in April 1975. Explains the origin of the Vedic sacred literature, discusses how the oral tradition is perpetuated, shows construction of sacrificial altars and sheds, and introduces the principle participants in the ritual.
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Documentary films
Nonfiction films
Religious films
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Gardner; Frits Staal; University of California (System). Extension Media Center.
OCLC Number: 12731548
Notes: Originally produced in 1976.
Credits: Editing, Michael Chalufour ; sound recording, Frits Staal [and others] ; photography, Robert Gardner, [et al.].
Description: 1 videocassette (45 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
Details: VHS.
Responsibility: produced by Robert Gardner and Frits Staal for the Film Study Center, Harvard University.

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Documents the last performance of the Agnicayana, the world's oldest surviving sacrificial ritual, enacted by the Nambudiri Brahmins of southwestern India in April 1975. Explains the origin of the Vedic sacred literature, discusses how the oral tradition is perpetuated, shows construction of sacrificial altars and sheds, and introduces the principle participants in the ritual.

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