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Dancing the Self Personhood and Performance in the Pandav Lila of Garhwal

ISBN-10: 0195139151

ISBN-13: 9780195139150

Edition: 2001

Authors: William S. Sax

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Over a period of ten years, William Sax studied the inhabitants of the former kingdom of Garhwal, located in north India. These people are deeply devoted to the great Indian national epic, the Mahabharata. Sax attended and participated in dozens of performances of the pandav lila - a ritual reenactment of scenes from the Mahabharata in dance - and observed in context in village life. He also discovered and documented a bizarre and fascinating cult whoseexistence was only previously rumoured, which worships and exalts the villains of the epic and reviles the usual heroes. This book not only opens a window on a fascinating (and threatened) aspect of rural Indian life and Hinduism as a living religion, but provides an accessible introduction to the Mahabharata itself, includinglively translations of many songs and poems based on the epic, and a prologue containing a concise and readable summary of the entire story.
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Book details

List price: $54.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/28/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Introduction: The Performative Construction of the Self
Prologue: The Mahabharata Story
The Sutol Pandav Lila
The Dance of the Cowherd: Pandav Lila as a Regional Tradition
Hunting the Rhinoceros: Pandav Lila as a Man's Sport
A Theater of Hegemony: Pandav Lila as a Rajput Tradition
Violent Women: Draupadi and Kunti in the Pandav Lila
A Divine King in the Western Himalayas
The Hall of Mirrors: Orientalism, Anthropology, and the "Other"
Bibliography
Index