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By Adheesh A. Sathaye

What does it suggest to be a Brahmin, and what may it suggest to develop into one? through the years, intellectuals and dogmatists have provided lots of solutions to the 1st query, however the latter offers a cultural puzzle, for the reason that normative Brahminical ideology deems it very unlikely for a standard person to alter caste with no first present process dying and rebirth.

There is, in spite of the fact that, one extraordinary determine within the Hindu mythological culture who's stated to have remodeled himself from a king right into a Brahmin by way of accumulating nice ascetic strength, or tapas: the ornery sage Visvamitra. via texts composed in Sanskrit and vernacular languages, oral performances, and visible media, Crossing the strains of Caste examines the wealthy mosaic of legends approximately Visvamitra came across around the Hindu mythological culture. It bargains a complete historic research of ways the "storyworlds" conjured up via those quite a few tellings have served to conform, improve, and strengthen the social identification of real-world Brahmin groups, from the traditional Vedic previous as much as the hypermodern present.

Using a performance-centered method of situate the construction of the Visvamitra legends inside particular old contexts, Crossing the traces of Caste unearths how and why mythological tradition has performed an lively, dialogical function within the building of Brahmin social energy over the past 3 thousand years.

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