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Contradictory Lives: Baul Women in India and Bangladesh

Contradictory Lives: Baul Women in India and Bangladesh

by Lisa I. Knight
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In literature and popular imagination, the Bauls of India and Bangladesh are characterized as musical mystics: orange-clad nomads of both Hindu and Muslim backgrounds. They wander the countryside and entertain with their passionate singing and unusual behavior, and they are especially well-known for their evocative songs, which challenge the caste system and sectarianism prevalent in South Asia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900199396848
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Lisa I. Knight received her PhD in Anthropology from Syracuse University and researched in both West Bengal (India) and Bangladesh. She is an Associate Professor of South Asian religions at Furman University.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Multiple Sites
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: "Real Bauls Live under Trees:" Scholarly and Popular Imaginings of Bauls and the Marginalization of Baul Women
Chapter 3: "I've Done Nothing Wrong:" Feminine Respectability and Baul Expectations

Part 2: Negotiations
Chapter 4: Negotiating between Paradigms of the Good Baul and the Good Woman
Chapter 5: "Do Not Neglect This Golden Body of Yours:" Personal and Social Transformation through Baul Songs
Chapter 6: Renouncing Expectations

Concluding Thoughts

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