In praise of death : history and poetry in medieval Marwar (South Asia)

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In praise of death : history and poetry in medieval Marwar (South Asia)

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: In praise of death : history and poetry in medieval Marwar (South Asia)
Author: Kamphorst, Janet
Publisher: Department of Languages and Cultures of Central and South Asia, Faculty of Arts, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2008-06-18
Keywords: Rajasthani literary history
Dimgal heroic and epic poetry
Bhil and Charan history
Martial ethos
Pabuji tradition
Abstract: This study of heroic and epic “war poetry” transmitted by the poets of pastoral-nomadic communities in medieval Marwar (Rajasthan) evokes the lived past of the Rajput, Bhil and Charan of the Marwari desert with a detailed analysis of poetic sources concerning Pabuji, a fourteenth-century warrior and present-day Hindu god. The author, who undertook three years of archival and anthropological research in western Rajasthan, offers an interpretation of Pabuji’s world that allows us to look afresh at the narrative process of deification and the related construction of socio-political and religious identities in South Asia. Employing historical, literary and socio-linguistic approaches to shed light on the form and content of medieval poetry dedicated to Pabuji, this multi-disciplinary study sets forth the relation between Rajasthan’s warlike history, the politico-military purpose of its poetry and the religiously inspired ideal of self sacrifice in battle. Also part of this study is an introduction to the history and prosody of medieval Dimgal, a specialized Rajasthani poetic idiom, as well as a full academic transliteration of the selected medieval and contemporary poems.
Description: Promotor: D.H.A. Kolff, Co-promotores: T. Damsteegt, J.L.L. Gommans
With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Letteren
Citation: Kamphorst, J., 2008, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
Series/Report no.: Leiden Dissertations
ISBN: 9789087280444
9789048506033 (electronic version)
Sponsor: Research School CNWS
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