Themes (Santhal Pat)

Most of the scrolls start with representation of the Jagannath trinity, Brahma and other Hindu divinities.The Patuas paint stories ranging from the origin of the Santhals to the likes of Madanmohan Leela, Krishna Leela and Raas Leela, which reflect the influence of Hindu neighbours and intermingling. The Jadu Pata depicts the story of creation of the universe and the origin of the Santhals.The Yama Pala Pata depicts the Santhali perceptions of hell. Another popular theme is that of the tiger god or Baghut Bonga.