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By Linda Hess

Kabir used to be an exceptional iconoclastic-mystic poet of fifteenth-century North India; his poems have been composed orally, written down by way of others in manuscripts and books, and transmitted via track. students and translators frequently attend to written collections, yet those current just a partial photo of the Kabir who has remained vibrantly alive in the course of the centuries generally in oral kinds. 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 e-book investigates textual students' learn of oral-performative traditions in a milieu the place texts flow at the same time through oral, written, audio/video-recorded, and digital pathways.

As texts and performances are regularly socially embedded, Linda Hess brings readers into the lives of these who sing, pay attention, rejoice, revere, and dispute approximately Kabir. Bodies of Song is wealthy in tales of people and households, villages and cities, non secular and secular organisations, castes and groups. discussion among religious/spiritual Kabir and social/political Kabir is a continuing subject matter during the e-book: ambiguously situated among Hindu and Muslim cultures, Kabir rejected spiritual identities, pretentions, and hypocrisies. yet even whereas satirizing the spiritual, he composed lovely poetry of non secular event and mental perception. A weaver through exchange, Kabir additionally criticized caste and different inequalities and this day serves as an icon for Dalits and all who attempt to take away caste prejudice and oppression.

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