Category Archives: Prayer

Ganesh Chaturthi – Aarti

General Information about Item:

  • Customary Folklore: Prayer
  • Language: Marathi
  • Country: India

Informant Data:

The informant is an Indian woman who wrote out the aarti with her pundit and recites it every Ganesh Chaturthi.

Contextual Data:

  • Social Context: The informant sings the aarti with her family during Ganesh Chaturthi. The pundit leads the aarti and she reads off her sheets with him.
  • Cultural Context: The aarti is performed twice a day for the duration the idol is in the house. It is a devotional song sung by the people in praise of Lord Ganesh.


A picture from the informant of the aarti performed during Ganesh Chaturthi. This is the aarti the informant’s family has used for many years and the informant translated it to English for our collection.

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Transcript of Associated File:

“Lord who provides joy, removes sadness and clears all obstacles in life,

Who gives love to everyone as his blessing,

Who has saffron fragrance over his body,

Who has a necklace of pearls around his neck,

Hail the God, Hail the idol,

All our wishes are fulfilled by Darshan,

Offering you a seat with jewels for the son of Gauri,

Smearing you with sandalwood paste and Tilak on your head,

Diamond crown suits you,

Whose anklets tingle on his feet,

Hail the God, hail the idol,

Lambodar (Big Tummy) who wears Pitambar (cloth),

Who has straight trunk and is an ego breaker and son of Shiva,

I am waiting for you in my home like a devotee,

Please help us and protect us during bad times,

Hail the God, hail the idol.”

Informant’s Comments:

The informant’s aarti is written in Marathi, but is translated into English for this project and the translation is in the transcription above.

Collector’s Comments:

This prayer has been in the informant’s family for many years.

Collector’s Name:

Celine Guan and Yohann Curmully


India, holiday, Ganesh Chaturthi, Verbal Folklore

Ganesh Chaturthi – Pooja

General Information about Item:

  • Customary Folklore: Rituals, Customs
  • Language: Marathi
  • Country: India

Informant Data:

  • Informant is an Indian couple who perform the ceremony every year for Ganesh Chaturthi. The man is involved in the ceremony (as seen in picture)

Contextual Data:

  • Social Context: The Pooja is the traditional prayer that occurs during Ganesh Chaturthi. These prayers are directed at a clay idol of god Ganesh, the remover of obstacles as well as the god of beginnings.
  • Cultural Context: This holiday is celebrated in early autumn and the pooja involves the chanting of Hindu prayers and Vedic texts.


Picture of the pooja being conducted. The male informant follows the pundit’s instructions to honour Lord Ganesh. The female informant is the one taking the picture.

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Informant’s Comments:

The pooja is done once when the idol comes into the home and once before it leaves. It is meant to first acquaint the God and people of the home, then as a goodbye when the God leaves.

Collector’s Comments:

This couple has been performing the pooja for decades, as passed down through their families.

Collector’s Name:

Yohann Curmully


India, holiday, Ganesh Chaturthi, Customary Folklore, customs

The Wine Game

Informant info: The informant was Ian Raphael, a Dartmouth ’18, who was born in Kirkland, WA and raised in Miami, FL. He learned to climb when he was 18 from an older, close friend in Port Angeles, WA.

Date Collected: 5/16/16

Place Collected: Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Type: Customary Folklore, Ceremony, Prayer

Language: English

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Social/ cultural context: The wine game is ceremonial in climbing culture and is used to bring members together. Climbers often go on day trips together. At the end of each trip, climbers are usually tired and hungry. The wine game is a way to finish off the night and come together to reflect on the day.

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Lore: After a long day of climbing, climbers gather around in a circle with a gallon of wine and christen it by making toasts into the fire to famous past climbers and the climbing “gods”. The climbers toast to Earl and Valerie, John Joline, DMCers of the past and present, and the “homies and the homeless”. Afterwards, the gallon wine bottle is passed around the circle. Participants may only hold the bottle to drink with their pinky finger. The person who drinks the last drop of wine is considered the winner of the game.

Informant’s Comments: This is a way to celebrate after a climb. It is a fun way to wrap up the day and have fun with your friends. No one knows why we toast to the “homies and the homeless”, but we toast to Earl, Valerie, and John Joline because of their importance to the club.

Collector’s Comments: The wine game begins with a prayer when the climbers christen the wine. It is followed by a game where each player tries to drink the last drop. The game is a celebration of the end of a long day of climbing. It is a way to reflect on the day and relax after a long climb; basically, it encourages mindfulness and team bonding. While playing the game, climbers celebrate their friendships and their outing.

Tags/Keywords: wine, games, prayer, climbing, alcohol, celebration, Customary, DMC, folklore