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The Hardwar Pandas

James G. Lochtefeld

in God's Gateway: Identity and Meaning in a Hindu Pilgrimage Place

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195386141
eISBN:
9780199866380
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386141.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Pandas are local brahmins who serve as hereditary pilgrim guides. Each panda family has the rights to pilgrims from a particular Indian region, and pandas protect these rights ... More


Indigenous Business and Financial Practices

Kshama V. Kaushik and Kaushik Dutta

in India Means Business: How the Elephant Earned its Stripes

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198072614
eISBN:
9780199081592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198072614.003.0002
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This chapter describes various indigenous financial and business practices. A unique social innovation developed in ancient India, a merchant guild or sreni or nigama was akin to a corporate ... More


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