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By Linda Hess

Kabir used to be a very good iconoclastic-mystic poet of fifteenth-century North India; his poems have been composed orally, written down through others in manuscripts and books, and transmitted via track. students and translators often attend to written collections, yet those current just a partial photo of the Kabir who has remained vibrantly alive throughout the centuries normally in oral varieties. getting into the worlds of singers and listeners in rural Madhya Pradesh, Bodies of Song combines ethnographic and textual research in exploring how oral transmission and function form the content material and interpretation of vernacular poetry in North India. The ebook 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, non secular and secular firms, castes and groups. discussion among religious/spiritual Kabir and social/political Kabir is a continual topic during the ebook: ambiguously positioned among Hindu and Muslim cultures, Kabir rejected non secular identities, pretentions, and hypocrisies. yet even whereas satirizing the spiritual, he composed wonderful poetry of spiritual adventure and mental perception. A weaver through exchange, Kabir additionally criticized caste and different inequalities and this present day serves as an icon for Dalits and all who try to take away caste prejudice and oppression.

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