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Raja Nal and the Goddess : The North Indian Epic Dhola in Performance.

Author/Creator:
Wadley, Susan Snow.
Publication:
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2004.
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Book
1 online resource (261 pages)
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Subjects:
Dhola.
Nala (Hindu mythology) in literature.
Folk literature, Hindi -- History and criticism.
Epic poetry, Hindi -- History and criticism.
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Electronic books.
Summary:
"... [T]ells a wonderful story, one much loved in northern India.... fills an important lacuna in the work on oral epic." -- Lindsey HarlanDhola is an oral epic performed primarily by lower-caste, usually illiterate, men in the Braj region of northern India. The story of Raja Nal, "a king who does not know he is a king," this vast epic portrays a world of complex social relationships involving changing and mistaken identities, goddesses, powerful women, magicians, and humans of many different castes. In this comprehensive study and first extended English translation based on multiple oral versions, Susan Snow Wadley argues that the story explores the nature of humanity while also challenging commonplace assumptions about Hinduism, gender, and caste. She examines the relationship between oral and written texts and the influence of individual performance styles alongside a lyrical translation of the work.
Contents:
Cover
Contents
Illustrations
Preface
Note on Transliteration
Part One: Dhola
1. Introducing Dhola
2. The Story of Dhola
3. Dhola as Performed: Two Singers
Part Two: Dhola Interpreted
4. The Goddess and the Bhakti Traditions of Braj
5. Motini, Dumenti, and Other Royal Women
6. Oil Pressers, Acrobats, and Other Castes
7. Who is Raja Nal?
Appendix 1: List of Characters
Appendix 2: Oral Performances
Glossary of Key Hindi Terms
Notes
References Cited
Index.
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Print version: Wadley, Susan Snow Raja Nal and the Goddess
ISBN:
9780253111272
9780253344786
OCLC:
475974481