10/03/2011

KURKU MUNDAS WOODEN FUNERARY PILLARS

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Wooden funerary pillars were and are distribuited throughout the Middle India, from an iconographic point of view these items are probably associated with the ancient megalithic style.

The best know of the memorial pillars are the KORKU MUNDAS, these pillars are erected for the dead at the SEDOLI ceremony.

The KORKU funerary pillars are made of SHOREA ROBUSTA  wood, umblemished TEAK , and are decorated with a carving of the deceased on horseback, weapons in the hands and the SUN and the MOON above.

This is the main theme of the memorial, but other simbols as a jungle fowl, a spider or a human ear may be added (Elwin Verrier)

According  D.H. GORDON "at one time the Kurkus erected stone memorial pillars of the Virgal type and that the wooden memorials are derived from these, though it's possible that wooden and stone memorials may at one time to have co-exhisted. There are stone pillars both at the memorial shrine near Pachmari and at the Korku village of Tamia: they appear to be ninth or tenth century work".

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