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From the URBREL Blog | "The Corona Goddess" by Sara Keller

Corona Mātā
Fig. 1. Corona Mātā, depiction circulating on Indian social medias since 2020 (‘Maa Bharati On Coronavirus’ Sandhya Kumari/Gallerist.in, CC BY-SA).

In pandemic times, some people call on pharmaceutical labs to rapidly defeat the virus, others directly address the disease. In India, informal devotional practices for a female deity called “Corona Mātā” (also named, depending on the area, “Corona Mai” or “Corona Devi”, fig. 1) have been reported soon after the COVID outbreak.

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