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Author Harlan, Lindsey

Title The goddesses' henchmen : gender in Indian hero worship / Lindsey Harlan
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003


Description 1 online resource (xiv, 258 pages) : illustrations
Series OUP E-Books
Contents Contents; Illustrations; Note on Transliteration; 1. Introduction; 2. The Land of Heroes: Rajasthani Soil and Rajput Blood; 3. Heroic Story: Slaughter and Glory; 4. Heroic Story Frames: Liberation, Perfection, and Seclusion; 5. Heroic Song: End of the Story and Beyond; Glossary; Bibliography; Index
Summary The Rajputs ruled the vast majority of the kingdoms that were joined together after Indian independence to form the state of Rajasthan, "Land of Kings." An important part of Rajput religion is the worship of "heroes" who have died in battle. This practice has attained new significance in recent years, as right-wing Hindu activists have deployed narratives about heroism in Rajput wars with Muslim emperors. In this book, Lindsey Harlan explores the idea of the Rajput hero. She is particularly interested in the role played by gender in stories about heroes and in their worship
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-246) and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Rajasthan (India) -- Social life and customs
Hero worship -- India -- Rajasthan
Nationalism -- India -- Rajasthan -- Religious aspects
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Cultural Policy.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Popular Culture.
Hero worship
Nationalism -- Religious aspects
Helden (personen)
India -- Rajasthan
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780195348347