Exploring the Symbolic Representation of the Social, Religious and Ritualistic Aspects of South Asia through Glass Bangles

Authors

  • Anila Zulfiqar Assistant Professor, College of Art & Design, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan

Keywords:

Bangles, Culture, Ornaments, Rituals, South Asia

Abstract

South Asian cultures are conspicuous for their preference for the use of ornaments, especially for the representation of feminine beauty. Glass bangles have been one very common ornament used by women in South Asia. This study attempts to analyse the symbolic significance associated with bangles across different regions of South Asia. Qualitative approach with a focus on content analysis was used to explore the social, religious and ritualistic interpretation of the use of bangles in these regions. The study concluded that bangles are not only a tool of embelishment but also carry symbolic meaning which encompass the social, religious and ritualistic aspects of their life in regard to their marital status, matrimonial bliss, as well as good and bad luck. The study may provide useful insights as far understanding of the nature and use of ornaments with their symbolic connotations is concerned. It may also be useful for other researchers in so far that they can further explore the topic empirically. The researcher proposes a comparative study of other ornamental objects to see the similarities and differences between them in regard to their symbolic significance

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Published

2022-06-30

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Zulfiqar, A. (2022). Exploring the Symbolic Representation of the Social, Religious and Ritualistic Aspects of South Asia through Glass Bangles. Pakistan Social Sciences Review, 6(2), 1048–1058. Retrieved from https://ojs.pssr.org.pk/journal/article/view/203