The Wages of Action: Religion in a Hindu Village
Length: 46 minutes
This film focuses on everyday religious practices in the village of Soyepur, near Banaras. The film observes young men praying to Lord Hanuman before a wrestling match, a grandmother offering water to a sacred tulsi plant, a brahman priest conducting a styanarayan puja, low-caste ojhas exorcising spirits from the ill, and a Soyepur couple making a one-day pilgrimage to a shrine by the Ganges River. The film shows villagers describing ghosts and their placation, a brahmin housewife explaining how she maintains her kitchen's ritual purity, and an itinerant holy man teaching through song the oneness of God and the inevitability of the wages of one's actions.