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The Caste Structure

André Béteille

in Caste, Class and Power: Changing Patterns of Stratification in a Tanjore Village

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198077435
eISBN:
9780199081080
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077435.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

This chapter describes the basic features of the caste structure. The population of Sripuram is divided into a large number of castes or jatis. Differences between castes are carried in the matter of ... More


Fabulous Females and Peerless Pirs: Tales of Mad Adventure in Old Bengal

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780195165296
eISBN:
9780199835461
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195165292.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

The mythic figure Satya Pīr has a wide following among Hindus and Muslims alike in the Bangla-speaking regions of South Asia. Believed to be an avatara of krsna, or a Sufi saint, or somehow both, he ... More


The Hardwar Pandas

James G. Lochtefeld

in God's Gateway: Identity and Meaning in a Hindu Pilgrimage Place

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195386141
eISBN:
9780199866380
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386141.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Pandas are local brahmins who serve as hereditary pilgrim guides. Each panda family has the rights to pilgrims from a particular Indian region, and pandas protect these rights ... More


The Field Situation

M.N. Srinivas

in The Remembered Village

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198077459
eISBN:
9780199081165
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077459.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

The first section of this chapter describes the Bullock House and its inhabitants. The headman set aside for the author and his companion three rooms in the Bullock House, one of the five houses he ... More


Why Can't a Shudra Perform Asceticism?: Śambūka in Three Modern South Indian Plays

Mandakranta Bose

in The Ramayana Revisited

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780195168327
eISBN:
9780199835362
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195168321.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter examines interest from south India in an episode originating in the Uttarakanda attributed to Valmiki's Rāmāyana. Among the actions for which Rāma has been most frequently criticized in ... More


Brahmins and Sufis in a Landscape of Narratives

Nile Green

in Making Space: Sufis and Settlers in Early Modern India

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198077961
eISBN:
9780199080991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077961.003.0031
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter places Sufis into a competitive Indian geography of multiple holy men whose shrines and other physical outposts competed for followers in early modern and early colonial India. ... More


A Vedic History of Dharma

Alf Hiltebeitel

in Dharma: Its Early History in Law, Religion, and Narrative

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195394238
eISBN:
9780199897452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394238.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Chapter 3 takes up the implications of dharma having never been a central concept in the pre‐Aśokan Vedic canon. It examines most of the Vedic canon's few prominent usages from the Ṛgveda through the ... More


The Achievement of Robert Lowell (2005)

Willard Spiegelman

in Imaginative Transcripts: Selected Literary Essays

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195368130
eISBN:
9780199852192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368130.003.0018
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter looks at the achievement of Robert Lowell as a poet. It discusses Lowell's rebellions against proper Brahmin Boston and other representatives of authority and his popularization of the ... More


Dreaming the Great Brahmin: Tibetan Traditions of the Buddhist Poet-Saint Saraha

Kurtis R. Schaeffer

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195173734
eISBN:
9780199850303
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173734.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This book explores the creation and recreation of Buddhist saints through narratives, poetry, art, ritual, and even dream visions. Looking at the cultural and literary history of the well-known ... More


Lakmé’s Echoing Jewels 1

Gurminder Kaur Bhogal

in The Arts of the Prima Donna in the Long Nineteenth Century

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780195365870
eISBN:
9780199932054
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195365870.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Opera, History, Western

This chapter focuses on the title character in Delibes’ Lakmé. In particular, the chapter attempts to illuminate Lakmé’s excessive, melismatic solo utterances by tapping into her devotional fervor ... More


Epilogue: In Praise of the Great Brahmin

Kurtis R. Schaeffer

in Dreaming the Great Brahmin: Tibetan Traditions of the Buddhist Poet-Saint Saraha

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195173734
eISBN:
9780199850303
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173734.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter presents the poem Encomium to Saraha by Sakya Chokden. The poem tells about Saraha's family background, his ordination to become Brahmin Rāhula, his practice of mantra, and his writing ... More


In-Conclusion

Kalpana Rahita Seshadri

in HumAnimal: Race, Law, Language

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677887
eISBN:
9781452948249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677887.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter narrates a paradigmatic account of hospitality drawn from the Bhaghavata Purana. It tells the simple story of Sudama, a learned but impoverished Brahmin who visits his old school friend ... More


The Subhedar's Son: A Narrative of Brahmin-Christian Conversion from Nineteenth-century Maharashtra

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190914042
eISBN:
9780190919863
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190914042.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions, Religion and Society

The book The Subhedar’s Son: A Narrative of Brahmin-Christian Conversion from Nineteenth-Century Maharashtra is based on an annotated translation of the Marathi book Subhedārāchā Putra written in ... More


• A Brahmin Woman: Revenge Herself

John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan

in The Life of Hinduism

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520249134
eISBN:
9780520940079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520249134.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter fictionalizes a celebrated nineteenth-century event that vividly dramatized the costs of being a Nambudiri Brahmin woman. The Nambudiris of Kerala, at least in their own perception, ... More


· The Experience: Approaching God

John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan

in The Life of Hinduism

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520249134
eISBN:
9780520940079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520249134.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter begins with the act of worship itself—the sort of action that constitutes the core of Hindu ritual life, introducing the general vocabulary of Hindu worship by following an observant ... More


• An Open-Air Ramayana: Ramlila, the Audience Experience

John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan

in The Life of Hinduism

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520249134
eISBN:
9780520940079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520249134.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The line between ritual and performance is thin. This can be seen in this chapter's portrayal of the ramlilas of Banaras, where the Brahmin boys who take the leading roles are not considered actors, ... More


Caution! Masterful Male!: Talkative Man

Ranga Rao

in R.K. Narayan: The Novelist and His Art

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199470754
eISBN:
9780199087624
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199470754.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, World Literature

As amusing as Narayan’s The Man-Eater of Malgudi, Narayan’s Talkative Man presents the career of a compulsive womanizer, Dr Rann. He is yet another rogue in Narayan’s post-Independence gallery. Dr ... More


Gayangos and the Boston Brahmins

Thomas F. Glick

in Pascual de Gayangos: A Nineteenth-Century Spanish Arabist

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748635474
eISBN:
9780748653140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635474.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

From the American perspective the ‘Gayangos phenomenon’ was the result of the intersection of four historical processes. The first was the arrival of Romantic historians whose goal was to adumbrate ... More


The Adi Granth: Fixing the Divine Word

Pashaura Singh

in Life and Work of Guru Arjan

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195679212
eISBN:
9780199080687
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195679212.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

This chapter reconstructs the history of the compilation of the Adi Granth. It looks at the interactions between the Mughal and the Sikh traditions and examines the place of certain early manuscripts ... More


Karma in Brahmanism

Johannes Bronkhorst

in Karma

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835705
eISBN:
9780824870256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835705.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter examines karma according to Brahmanism. One of the most central claims of Brahmanism is that there is a hierarchical order of human beings. There is a fundamental division into four ... More


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