kappiri: Kappiri, Habshi and African slave gods

The eastern coast of Africa has a long relationship of trade with the western coast of India. However much of it is undocumented and hence it is not part of the popular imagination.In the coast of Karnataka, we find a temple to Kappiri Devaru. It is said that if you give Kappiri Devaru blankets, alcohol and cigarettes, he is pleased and fulfils mundane wishes, like giving children to childless couples. The story goes that he was an African slave

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