Two Oral Narratives from the Countryside of Maharashtra

By: Anne Feldhaus & Ramdas Atkar and Rajaram Jagade (Eds)

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Pastoralist traditions have long been extraordinarily important to the social, economic, political and cultural life of the Maharashtra region in western India. The oral literature of the Marathi-speaking Dhangar shepherds of Maharashtra is not only an important element of the traditional cultural life of the region, but also a treasure of world literature. This volume presents translations of two lively and well-crafted examples of the ovi, a genre typical of the oral literature of the Dhangars. These two ovis narrate the stories of Biroba and Dhuloba, two of the most important gods of the Dhangars. Each of the ovis tells an elaborate story of the birth of the god - a miraculous and complicated process in both cases - and of the struggles he went through in order to find and win his bride. The extensive introduction provides a literary analysis of the ovis and discusses what they reveal about the cosmology, geography, society, administrative structures and economy of the Dhangars' world, as well as their views on pastoralists and women. Printed Pages: 632.

Title: Two Oral Narratives from the Countryside of Maharashtra

Author Name: Anne Feldhaus & Ramdas Atkar and Rajaram Jagade (Eds)

Categories: India, History,

Publisher: New Delhi, Primus Books: 2015

ISBN: 9789384082680

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 701558

Keywords: Two Oral Narratives from the Countryside of Maharashtra Anne Feldhaus & Ramdas Atkar and Rajaram Jagade (Eds)