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Hariti: From Demoness to Goddess

On a subcontinent where religious belief is both incredibly diverse and deeply felt, it is easy to forget that systems of belief travel and change just as cultures do. The story of Hariti begins in Bihar, in modern-day India before traveling to what is now Pakistan, Nepal, China, and then further east to Japan and Indonesia. Her journey illuminates the interconnectedness of faith across boundaries, revealing a rich material legacy of objects that document the transformation of a goddess and the myth that she carries.


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