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Altar portàtil kaavad

Kaavad portable altar

Kaavad portable altars were carried by mendicant priests to recount, in public spaces, the epic poems Ramayana and Mahabharata, among other local stories. The tradition of carrying illustrated or sculpted portable altars is reflected in texts dating back to the 3rd century AD, and is still usual in India today. In this case, the visual narrative is shown as the panels are opened. Each panel contai…