A Kali Temple Inside Out
Religious boundaries are not necessarily as sharp and antagonistic as the news media lead us to believe. This film shows the everyday life inside and around a Kali temple in the city of Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India. The temple building houses a Kali shrine and a smaller Hanuman shrine, and visitors to the site present offerings in both. Through a closer presentation of a priest and three devotees, the film shows why this temple is so important to them. Yet they also occasionally visit holy places of other religious traditions, whether to learn or seek additional divine support. The film is thus a silent critique against the obsession with religious conflict in contemporary debates.
God is one, the religions are made by humans, as the priest concludes in the film.
A special screening of A KALI TEMPLE INSIDE OUT from the Institute for Social Anthropology (UiB) by Frode Storaas and Dipesh Kharel, based on Kathinka Frøystad’s field work in Kanpur, India.