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Showing posts with label Gayawal. Show all posts

Hinduism - Who Are The Gayawal Of India?

Endogamous community of pilgrimage priests (pandas) living at Gaya, a pilgrimage site (tirtha) known for ceremonies of the dead.

Each Gayawal family has unique hereditary rights to assist all pilgrims whose ancestral homes are in a certain area or regions, regardless of where they are at the moment.

Pilgrims are meant to be served solely by their ancestral family priest at all pilgrimage locations.

This exclusivity offers the Gayawals more bargaining power with their pilgrim clientele, who are in a vulnerable position since most of them are performing ceremonies for deceased relatives.

The Gayawals are known for their avarice, greed, and overall lack of intelligence.

By brahmin norms, these characteristics, as well as the fact that they get a large portion of their revenue from the dead, which is deemed inaudible, make them rather debased.

To be fair to the Gayawals, the monopoly's relative strength is tempered by a feeling of ancestral responsibility to their customers— the recurring question is never whether the customers will be supplied, but how much they will have to pay. 

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