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By Linda Hess

ISBN-10: 0199374171

ISBN-13: 9780199374175

ISBN-10: 8178244683

ISBN-13: 9788178244686

Kabir was once an outstanding iconoclastic-mystic poet of fifteenth-century North India; his poems have been composed orally, written down by means of others in manuscripts and books, and transmitted via track. students and translators frequently attend to written collections, yet those current just a partial photograph of the Kabir who has remained vibrantly alive in the course of the centuries typically in oral types. getting into the worlds of singers and listeners in rural Madhya Pradesh, Bodies of Song combines ethnographic and textual examine in exploring how oral transmission and function form the content material and interpretation of vernacular poetry in North India. The publication investigates textual students' research of oral-performative traditions in a milieu the place texts flow at the same time through oral, written, audio/video-recorded, and digital pathways.

As texts and performances are continually 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, non secular and secular enterprises, castes and groups. discussion among religious/spiritual Kabir and social/political Kabir is a continual subject matter in the course of the booklet: ambiguously positioned among Hindu and Muslim cultures, Kabir rejected spiritual identities, pretentions, and hypocrisies. yet even whereas satirizing the spiritual, he composed gorgeous poetry of non secular event and mental perception. A weaver through exchange, 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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