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What is the relationship between caste and gender in the narratives of Rajput woman? During a year and a half of fieldwork in Rajasthan, a parched land dominated by the great Indian Desert, Lindsey Harlan interviewed more than a hundred women from all levels of Rajput society. She wanted to understand why certain religious practices were so important to Rajput women, and how they justified these to themselves. During the course of her interviews, the women described their religious practices--chief among them the worship of the family "kuldevi" (the goddess who exemplifies the ideal wife by staving off sickness, poverty, and infertility) and the veneration of "satimatas" (women who have immolated themselves on their husband's funeral pyre). As the women discussed these rituals, many of them also told Harlan religious myths and stories, drawing parallels between their behavior and that of various Indian heroines. These narratives and the role they play in the women's self-perception are the fascinating and enlightening subject of this book. Buchnummer des Verkäufers MRML-9788121506137
Inhaltsangabe: Language: English
Pages: 274 (B & W Illus: 26)
About the Book
In the present work, the authoress explores the relationship between caste and gender in the narratives of Rajput women. For a year and a half the authoress lived in Rajasthan, India, and did fieldwork among the Rajputs (literally "sons of princes"), whose traditional caste duty was to serve as soldiers and protect their realms.
Authoress examines the inherent contradiction between the caste-affiliated duty to protect a kingdom and women's gender-affiliated duty to protect a husband by exploring three types of women's narratives: those related to kuldevi (family goddesses), satimatas (women who have immolated themselves on their husband's funeral pyre), and heroines. In this manner, she gives the reader an in-depth view of the lives of Rajput women while exploring the commonly told stories that provide paradigms for moral action.
About the Author
Lindsey Harlan is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Connecticut College.
Dominated by the great Thar Desert, the state of Rajasthan is a land of sand and rocks, parched farms and dusty grazing grounds. Its horizon outlines long plains occasionally punctuated by abrupt, rugged hills. These hills bear testimony to the land's martial history, for strewn along their crests are crumbling battlements and fortresses from which wars were won and lost over centuries of conflict.
Before 1947, the date of Indian independence from the British, what is now Rajasthan was a collection of kingdoms. While the rulers of these kingdoms had to defer to British judgment in matters political, they retained their authority in matters economic and social; categorized as princely states, the kingdoms were not subje
Titel: Religion And Rajput Women: The Ethic Of ...
Verlag: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.?
Illustrator: 1 Map and 22 B/w Illustrations
Auflage: First Indian Edition.
Buchbeschreibung Berkeley, The University of California Press, 1992. Gr.8°, XIV, 260 S., einige Textabb., Kart. m. OU, Tadellos. Erstausgabe. 900 gr. Schlagworte: EthnologieReligion, Theologie. Artikel-Nr. 47212