Carnival of Parting The Tales of King Bharthari and King Copi Chand As Sung and Told by Madhu Natisar Nath of Ghatiyali, Rajasthan
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Description: Madhu Natisar Nath is a Rajasthani farmer with no formal schooling. He is also a singer, a musician, and a storyteller. At the center ofA Carnival of Partingare Madhu Nath's oral performances of two linked tales about the legendary Indian kings, Bharthari of Ujjain and Gopi Chand of Bengal. Both characters, while still in their prime, leave thrones and families to be initiated as yogis--a process rich in adventure and melodrama, one that offers unique insights into popular Hinduism's view of world renunciation. Ann Grodzins Gold presents these living oral epic traditions as flowing narratives, transmitting to Western readers the pleasures, moods, and interactive dimensions of a village bard's performance. Three introductory chapters and an interpretive afterword, together with an appendix on the bard's language by linguist David Magier, supplyA Carnival of Partingwith a full range of ethnographic, historical, and cultural backgrounds. Gold gives a frank and engaging portrayal of the bard Madhu Nath and her work with him. The tales are most profoundly concerned, Gold argues, with human rather than divine realities. In a compelling afterword, she highlights their thematic emphases on politics, love, and death. Madhu Nath's vital colloquial telling of Gopi Chand and Bharthari's stories depicts renunciation as inevitable and interpersonal attachments as doomed, yet celebrates human existence as a "carnival of parting."
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Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/19/1993
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Ann Grodzins Gold is Professor of Religion and Anthropology at Syracuse University.
|List of Illustrations|
|Note on Transcription and Transliteration|
|Introduction: The Tales in Their Contexts|
|Madhu Nath and His Performance|
|Madhu Nath's Performance|
|Madhu Nath's Stories in Synopsis|
|Madhu Nath's Performances for Me|
|Translation in Practice and Theory|
|Naths or Jogis in North India|
|Nath Renunciatory Traditions in Story and History|
|Naths in Folklore and the Folklore of the Naths|
|Bharthari and Gopi Chand|
|The Tale of King Bharthari|
|Bharthari's Birth Story|
|The Guru's Lesson|
|The Tale of King Gopi Chand|
|Gopi Chand's Birth Story|
|Gopi Chand Begs from Queen Patam De|
|Gopi Chand's Journey to Bengal|
|Instruction from Gorakh Nath|
|Afterword: Politics, Love, Death, and Destiny|
|Demographic Surges through Landscapes of Meaning|
|Oral Performance and the Thick Writing of Fate|
|Appendix 1: The Language of the Bard|
|Appendix 2: Proper Nouns Transliterated|