This chapter discusses the ideas and intents that animate the objects in the material culture of Himachal society. It discusses previous categorizations on the basis of style as well as the advantages and enduring limitations of such taxonomies and of the privileging of provenance and the particulars of the moment of creation. The chapter first provides an overview of mohras and the carriages on which they are placed, known as rathas or palkhis. It then considers the corporeality of the palkhi and how large and intricately interlinked associations of kinship, both divine and earthly, are embodied in mohras. It also examines the history, style, and provenance of mohras, along with the object's innate significance as a representative of a deity and a community. Finally, it explores the ways in which the object transmits signs and signals metaphorically and symbolically through performance, process, and ritual.
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