Rice balls for the crows

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products


In everyone’s astrological chart there is a dangerous period of nineteen years when the planetary deity Senasuru (Saturn or Śani in India) rules. In Indian mythology his vehicle (vahana) is the crow and by feeding crows on Senasurada (Senasuru’s day) the worst of the bad luck can be averted. In India crows are also associated with ancestors and the rice balls are reminiscent of the Hindu offerings of pinda to the ancestors. The video is part of a set of documentaries which look at the cosmology that emerges from the kitchens of Sri Lanka. The project was in part funded by the Leverhulme Trust.
Original languageOther
Media of outputVideo
Size67 MB / 3:46 mins
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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    XIX International Oral History Conference

    Rita E M Langer (Participant)

    27 Jun 20161 Jul 2016

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    Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities

    Rita E M Langer (Speaker)

    18 Nov 2015

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    Langer, R. (Author). (2015). Rice balls for the crows. Digital or Visual Products, Vimeo. https://vimeo.com/103931828