Dr. Cora Gaebel

Cultural Anthropologist, Language Teacher, Consulting
pronouns: she/they

Higher Education

PhD: Cultural Anthropology
Dissertation: Trading with the Divine, Trading the Divine: Commodification of Religious Values during Nabakalebara and Ratha Yatra (Puri, Odisha)

Master of Arts: Social and Cultural Anthropology
Master’s thesis: Hindu Renouncers between Mundaneness and the Extramundane: Ascetic Lifestyle and Everyday Life in Uttar Pradesh: Varanasi, Kumbh Mela, Narora

Magistra Artium: Comparative Religion
Master’s thesis: Sita – Draupadi – Kannaki: Religiöse Vorbilder hinduistischer Frauen [Religious Role Models of Hindu Women]


Articles and Book Chapters

2019: The Bol Bam Pilgrimage: Reflections On a Not So Adventurous Adventure. Irish Journal of Anthropology 22 (1): 126–137.
2018: The Mahā Kumbh Melā in Allahabad 2013: Hindu Renouncers between Mundaneness and the Extramundane. Zeitschrift für Religionswissenschaft 26 (1): 52–84.
2017: The Value of Ritual Feasting: Religious and Economic Considerations during the Renewal of the Deities and the Chariot Festival (Puri, Odisha). In Roland Hardenberg (ed.), Approaching Ritual Economy: Socio-Cosmic Fields in Globalised Contexts. Tübingen: SFB 1070 Publications (RessourcenKulturen, 4), 255–279.
2013: Wer tötete Rāvaṇa? Hinduistische Frauen auf der Suche nach einem starken Ideal [Who Killed Rāvaṇa? Hindu Women on the Quest for a Strong Role-Model]. In Stephan Köhn und Heike Moser (Hg.), Frauenbilder – Frauenkörper. Inszenierungen des Weiblichen in den Gesellschaften Süd- und Ostasiens. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag (Kulturwissenschaftliche Japanstudien, 5), 197–213.

Encyclopedia Entries

2017: The Worship of Jagannath in Puri (Odisha). Database of Religious History.
2017: Shaiva World Renouncers. Database of Religious History.

Book Reviews

2021: Queer Religiosities: An Introduction to Queer and Transgender Studies in Religion by Melissa M. Wilcox. Reading Religion.
2021: The Sea and the Sacred in Japan: Aspects of Maritime Religion by Fabio Rambelli (ed.). Reading Religion.
2019: Public Performances: Studies in the Carnivalesque and Ritualesque by Jack Santino (ed.). Journal of Festive Studies 1 (1): 149–152.
2017: Pilgrimage in the Marketplace by Ian Reader. Zeitschrift für Religionswissenschaft 25 (1): 167–169.
2017: Tales of Justice and Rituals of Divine Embodiment: Oral Narratives from the Central Himalayas by Aditya Malik. Reading Religion.

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