Warning: include(domaintitles/domaintitle_cdn.exoticindia.php3): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/exotic/newexotic/header.php3 on line 921

Warning: include(): Failed opening 'domaintitles/domaintitle_cdn.exoticindia.php3' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/exotic/newexotic/header.php3 on line 921

Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address [email protected].

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Best Deals
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > History > Gender > Religion and Rajput Women (The Ethic of Protection In Contemporary Narratives)
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Religion and Rajput Women (The Ethic of Protection In Contemporary Narratives)
Religion and Rajput Women (The Ethic of Protection In Contemporary Narratives)
Description

About the Book

In the present work, the authoress explores the relationship between caste and gender in the narratives of Rajput women. For a year and a half the authoress lived in Rajasthan, India, and did fieldwork among the Rajputs (literally "sons of princes"), whose traditional caste duty was to serve as soldiers and protect their realms.

Authoress examines the inherent contradiction between the caste-affiliated duty to protect a kingdom and women's gender-affiliated duty to protect a husband by exploring three types of women's narratives: those related to kuldevi (family goddesses), satimatas (women who have immolated themselves on their husband's funeral pyre), and heroines. In this manner, she gives the reader an in-depth view of the lives of Rajput women while exploring the commonly told stories that provide paradigms for moral action.

About the Author

Lindsey Harlan is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Connecticut College.

Introduction

Dominated by the great Thar Desert, the state of Rajasthan is a land of sand and rocks, parched farms and dusty grazing grounds. Its horizon outlines long plains occasionally punctuated by abrupt, rugged hills. These hills bear testimony to the land's martial history, for strewn along their crests are crumbling battlements and fortresses from which wars were won and lost over centuries of conflict.

Before 1947, the date of Indian independence from the British, what is now Rajasthan was a collection of kingdoms. While the rulers of these kingdoms had to defer to British judgment in matters political, they retained their authority in matters economic and social; categorized as princely states, the kingdoms were not subject to direct British rule. Most of Rajasthan's kings belonged to the Rajput caste, whose traditional duties are fighting and ruling. 1 The word Rajput means "son (putra) of a king (raja)" and indicates the shared Rajput assumption that although not all caste members have been princes, all have descended from kings and so have inherited royal blood.

During a year and a half of fieldwork in Rajasthan, I studied the religious traditions of women belonging to this caste." My purpose was to examine the ways in which Rajput devotional traditions reflect and influence relations between women's caste duties and gender roles. I wanted to understand how and when the foremost Rajput duty, the duty to protect a community, and the foremost female duty, the duty to protect a husband, take account of each other. Because throughout India and Indian history, Hindu tradition has articulated and sanctioned categories of caste and gender, I was interested in discovering the specific local sources of traditional authority governing the explicit and implicit decisions Rajput women make in interpreting, harmonizing, and reconciling caste and gender duties. My goals included understanding traditions Rajput women have inherited from the past and discovering if and how Rajput women have utilized and adapted past traditions to suit the contemporary circumstances facing the Rajput community.

To conduct this project I settled in at Udaipur, a small city in south- western Rajasthan. Udaipur is the former capital of Mewar, a princely state whose royal line ranks first among the various royal households of Rajasthan.' Mewar gained this distinction as a result of the unceasing resistance it launched against Muslim invaders in pre-British days. To- day Mewar retains the reputation of being the area of Rajasthan most resistant to social change.4 The staunch conservatism of Udaipur's Rajput community shows in pronounced form a persistent tension between the Rajput desire to conserve tradition and the Rajput need to adapt to a changing world.

CONTENTS

 

List of Figures ix
Note on Transliteration and Pronunciation xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1
  1. Rajasthan and the Rajputs
25
  1. Kuldevi Tradition: Myth, Story, and Context
52
  1. Kuldevi Tradition: Interpretation and Intention
91
  1. Satimata Tradition: The Transformative Process
112
  1. Satimata Tradition: The Role of Volition
154
  1. The Heroic Paradigm: Padmini
182
  1. The Bhakt Paradigm: Mira Bai
205
  1. Conclusion
223
Appendix A: Interview Background 229
Appendix B: Interview 233
Glossary 237
Bibliography 245
Index 253

Sample Pages

















Religion and Rajput Women (The Ethic of Protection In Contemporary Narratives)

Item Code:
ISA25
Cover:
Hardcover
Edition:
1994
ISBN:
8121506131
Language:
English
Size:
8.8" X 5.8"
Pages:
274 (B & W Illus: 26)
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 470 gms
Price:
$30.00
Discounted:
$22.50   Shipping Free
You Save:
$7.50 (25%)
Be the first to rate this product
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Religion and Rajput Women (The Ethic of Protection In Contemporary Narratives)
From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 13965 times since 21st Nov, 2018

About the Book

In the present work, the authoress explores the relationship between caste and gender in the narratives of Rajput women. For a year and a half the authoress lived in Rajasthan, India, and did fieldwork among the Rajputs (literally "sons of princes"), whose traditional caste duty was to serve as soldiers and protect their realms.

Authoress examines the inherent contradiction between the caste-affiliated duty to protect a kingdom and women's gender-affiliated duty to protect a husband by exploring three types of women's narratives: those related to kuldevi (family goddesses), satimatas (women who have immolated themselves on their husband's funeral pyre), and heroines. In this manner, she gives the reader an in-depth view of the lives of Rajput women while exploring the commonly told stories that provide paradigms for moral action.

About the Author

Lindsey Harlan is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Connecticut College.

Introduction

Dominated by the great Thar Desert, the state of Rajasthan is a land of sand and rocks, parched farms and dusty grazing grounds. Its horizon outlines long plains occasionally punctuated by abrupt, rugged hills. These hills bear testimony to the land's martial history, for strewn along their crests are crumbling battlements and fortresses from which wars were won and lost over centuries of conflict.

Before 1947, the date of Indian independence from the British, what is now Rajasthan was a collection of kingdoms. While the rulers of these kingdoms had to defer to British judgment in matters political, they retained their authority in matters economic and social; categorized as princely states, the kingdoms were not subject to direct British rule. Most of Rajasthan's kings belonged to the Rajput caste, whose traditional duties are fighting and ruling. 1 The word Rajput means "son (putra) of a king (raja)" and indicates the shared Rajput assumption that although not all caste members have been princes, all have descended from kings and so have inherited royal blood.

During a year and a half of fieldwork in Rajasthan, I studied the religious traditions of women belonging to this caste." My purpose was to examine the ways in which Rajput devotional traditions reflect and influence relations between women's caste duties and gender roles. I wanted to understand how and when the foremost Rajput duty, the duty to protect a community, and the foremost female duty, the duty to protect a husband, take account of each other. Because throughout India and Indian history, Hindu tradition has articulated and sanctioned categories of caste and gender, I was interested in discovering the specific local sources of traditional authority governing the explicit and implicit decisions Rajput women make in interpreting, harmonizing, and reconciling caste and gender duties. My goals included understanding traditions Rajput women have inherited from the past and discovering if and how Rajput women have utilized and adapted past traditions to suit the contemporary circumstances facing the Rajput community.

To conduct this project I settled in at Udaipur, a small city in south- western Rajasthan. Udaipur is the former capital of Mewar, a princely state whose royal line ranks first among the various royal households of Rajasthan.' Mewar gained this distinction as a result of the unceasing resistance it launched against Muslim invaders in pre-British days. To- day Mewar retains the reputation of being the area of Rajasthan most resistant to social change.4 The staunch conservatism of Udaipur's Rajput community shows in pronounced form a persistent tension between the Rajput desire to conserve tradition and the Rajput need to adapt to a changing world.

CONTENTS

 

List of Figures ix
Note on Transliteration and Pronunciation xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1
  1. Rajasthan and the Rajputs
25
  1. Kuldevi Tradition: Myth, Story, and Context
52
  1. Kuldevi Tradition: Interpretation and Intention
91
  1. Satimata Tradition: The Transformative Process
112
  1. Satimata Tradition: The Role of Volition
154
  1. The Heroic Paradigm: Padmini
182
  1. The Bhakt Paradigm: Mira Bai
205
  1. Conclusion
223
Appendix A: Interview Background 229
Appendix B: Interview 233
Glossary 237
Bibliography 245
Index 253

Sample Pages

















Post a Comment
 
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait
Testimonials
Thank you so much , my order was delivered today in perfect condition! A special thank you to the packing assistants! Well done! Blessings for safety and health.
Joy, USA.
Thank you for really great prices compared to other sellers. I have recommended your website to over 40 of my classmates.
Kimia, USA
I am so happy to have found you!! What a wonderful source for books of Indian origin at reasonable cost! Thank you!
Urvi, USA
I very much appreciate your web site and the products you have available. I especially like the ancient cookbooks you have and am always looking for others here to share with my friends.
Sam, USA
Very good service thank you. Keep up the good work !
Charles, Switzerland
Namaste! Thank you for your kind assistance! I would like to inform that your package arrived today and all is very well. I appreciate all your support and definitively will continue ordering form your company again in the near future!
Lizette, Puerto Rico
I just wanted to thank you again, mere dost, for shipping the Nataraj. We now have it in our home, thanks to you and Exotic India. We are most grateful. Bahut dhanyavad!
Drea and Kalinidi, Ireland
I am extremely very happy to see an Indian website providing arts, crafts and books from all over India and dispatching to all over the world ! Great work, keep it going. Looking forward to more and more purchase from you. Thank you for your service.
Vrunda
We have always enjoyed your products.
Elizabeth, USA
Thank you for the prompt delivery of the bowl, which I am very satisfied with.
Frans, the Netherlands
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2020 © Exotic India