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Crossing the Lines of Caste: Visvamitra and the Construction by Adheesh A. Sathaye

By Adheesh A. Sathaye

What does it suggest to be a Brahmin, and what may it suggest to turn into one? through the years, intellectuals and dogmatists have provided lots of solutions to the 1st query, however the latter provides a cultural puzzle, due to the fact that normative Brahminical ideology deems it very unlikely for a standard person to alter caste with out first present process loss of life and rebirth.

There is, even though, one extraordinary determine within the Hindu mythological culture who's stated to have reworked himself from a king right into a Brahmin by way of gathering 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 stumbled on around the Hindu mythological culture. It bargains a accomplished historic research of ways the "storyworlds" conjured up via those a variety of tellings have served to conform, improve, and make stronger the social id of real-world Brahmin groups, from the traditional Vedic prior as much as the hypermodern present.

Using a performance-centered method of situate the creation of the Visvamitra legends inside particular ancient contexts, Crossing the strains of Caste unearths how and why mythological tradition has performed an lively, dialogical function within the building of Brahmin social strength during the last 3 thousand years.

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