Siddis are a microscopic community of African Indians who are part of multiple migrations stretching over several centuries in India from numerous locations in the East and North Africa. The myth of Bava Gor and Makhan Devi hides within it multiple contestations and adaptations in the religio-cultural landscape of Siddis through an encounter with native Hindu/Aboriginal religious beliefs. The paper seeks to study these transitions in the mythic landscape of Bava Gor and how it reflects the syncretic dynamics of Siddis’ relation with majority communities. For it, I propose to foreground interrelations between gender, ethnic, and religious identities and how these identities get transmuted through transferences between socio-political and religious spheres.
"Bava Gor and the Myth of Makhan Devi (Butter Goddess),"
Narrative Culture: Vol. 10:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/narrative/vol10/iss1/5