ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Their God Died Young

The Bohuroopis of rural Bengal are not just mendicants wandering in search of alms or offerings, they are in the business of “being god.”

Whether you’re god-fearing, god-loving or god-negating, chances are god plays an important role in your life as the supreme service provider, albeit with a whimsical sense of delivery. We pray, we perform rituals, visit holy places and even sometimes indulge in the most sinful acts in the name of god, all to make our lives better and to bring greater prosperity.

But what happens when people choose to become gods themselves as a source of livelihood? No, I’m not talking about the familiar god-men or god-women who have successfully used the power of modern media like television and the internet to attain godhood status. I refer to a less fortunate breed of gods, who are neither sophisticated nor tech-savvy. They only dress up like gods and wander the streets in different incarnations.

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