ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Made Snana: Indignity in the Name of Tradition?

The practice of made snana in some temples in Karnataka during which devotees, mainly from the lower castes, roll over the banana leaves from which brahmins have eaten, has come in for censure and debate. The state government withdrew a ban on the practice recently, ostensibly because of a "scientifi c interpretation" that it "cures" skin disorders. Can the invocation to tradition justify a humiliating and undignifi ed practice?

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