New PDF release: Bodies of Song: Kabir Oral Traditions and Performative

By Linda Hess

Kabir was once a good iconoclastic-mystic poet of fifteenth-century North India; his poems have been composed orally, written down by way of others in manuscripts and books, and transmitted via music. students and translators often attend to written collections, yet those current just a partial photograph of the Kabir who has remained vibrantly alive throughout the centuries regularly in oral varieties. getting into the worlds of singers and listeners in rural Madhya Pradesh, Bodies of Song combines ethnographic and textual learn in exploring how oral transmission and function form the content material and interpretation of vernacular poetry in North India. The e-book investigates textual students' research of oral-performative traditions in a milieu the place texts circulation concurrently through oral, written, audio/video-recorded, and digital pathways.

As texts and performances are constantly socially embedded, Linda Hess brings readers into the lives of these who sing, pay attention, have fun, revere, and dispute approximately Kabir. Bodies of Song is wealthy in tales of people and households, villages and cities, spiritual and secular businesses, castes and groups. discussion among religious/spiritual Kabir and social/political Kabir is a continual topic during the e-book: ambiguously situated among Hindu and Muslim cultures, Kabir rejected non secular identities, pretentions, and hypocrisies. yet even whereas satirizing the spiritual, he composed beautiful poetry of spiritual event and mental perception. A weaver through alternate, Kabir additionally criticized caste and different inequalities and at the present time serves as an icon for Dalits and all who attempt to take away caste prejudice and oppression.

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