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- DescriptionIn literature and popular imagination, the Bauls of India and Bangladesh are characterized as musical mystics: orange-clad mads of both Hindu and Muslim backgrounds who wander the countryside and entertain with their passionate singing and unusual behavior. Although Bauls claim to value women over men, little is kwn about the individual views and experiences of Baul women. Based on ethgraphic research, this book explores the everyday lives of Baul women. Knight demonstrates that Baul women respond to the conflicting expectations imposed on them in various ways, sometimes adopting and other times subverting local gendered rms to craft meaningful lives. More so than their male counterparts, Baul women feel encumbered by rms. But rather than seeing Baul women's rmative behavior as indicative of their conformity to gendered roles (and, therefore, failures as Bauls), Knight argues that these women creatively draw on societal expectations to transcend their social limits and create new paths.
- Author BiographyLisa I Knight is Associate Professor of South Asian religions at Furman University.
- Author(s)Lisa I. Knight
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication23/10/2014
- SubjectNon-Christian Religions
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Content Note17 illustrations
- Weight366 g
- Width162 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine14 mm
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