Folk Culture, Folk Religion and Oral Traditions as a Component in Maharashtrian Culture

By: Gunther-Dietz Sontheimer (Ed.)

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The papers in this volume were presented at the third conference in the series "Maharashtra: Culture and Society", convened by Gunther Sontheimer at Heidelberg in June 1988. The subjects range from the early phases of human culture in Maharashtra as evidenced by archaeological findings at Daimabad and Inamgaon (Dhavlikar) to the rise of the yaksa Khanderav to the tutelary god of the Satavahanas, the rulers of the Deccan in the early years of the first millennium, A. D. (Deshpande). Recurrent themes in Indian folk-lore, such as the Traditions about cows, bulls, buffaloes, and bears are surveyed by Durga Bhagwat who sees compositeness as the very essence of folk, that is, Indian culture. The close description of living folk traditions of great antiquity in the Marathvada region of Maharashtra forms the subject of P.B. Mande`s impressive ethnographic contribution. R. C. Dhere shows how folk etymologies, though often incorrect historically, infuse Sacred places with religious significance, while the saints make Creative use of etymologies current among the people to concretize abstract or universal Spiritual doctrines. James W. Laine examines heroic ballads about Sivaji, povadas, showing the inherent tensions between the ideals of the warrior-sacrificer and Brahmanical notions of the ideal Hindu King as an ascetic-renouncer. While Dilip Chitre brings Patthe Bapurav back on Stage to show how one of the first songs of social Criticism in Marathi has its Roots in the Iavni, a folk genre of Maharashtra, N. K. Wagle involves us in endless litigations concerning the sending of troublesome Spirits (bhuts) in 18th century Maharashtra, Tongue very much in cheek. In a more serious vein, Eleanor Zelliot highlights the consciously anti-Hindu "folk-lore of pride" written by the Buddhist followers of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. In a similar context, Traude Pillai-Vetschera chronicles the struggle of Mahar converts to Christianity to come to terms with the painful injustices of the past and find the human dignity they deserve amidst the often equally painful injustices of the present. Printed Pages: 304

Title: Folk Culture, Folk Religion and Oral Traditions as a Component in Maharashtrian Culture

Author Name: Gunther-Dietz Sontheimer (Ed.)

Categories: India, Sociology,

Publisher: New Delhi, Manohar Publishers & Distributors:

ISBN: 8173040877

ISBN 13: 9788173040870

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