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devak

by Micha F. Lindemans
In Bombay, the Deccan, and the Bombay Presidency, a guardian deity. It can be an animal, a tree, or a trade instrument that is considered the ancestor or head of a house. The devak is treated with respect and worshipped chiefly at the time of marriage or upon entering a new house. Quite often, people with the same devak cannot marry, which could suggest a totemic origin.

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