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Writing the Self: The Life and Philosophy of a Dissenting Bengali Baul Guru

Price : $46.00
ISBN # : 9780198062479
Author : Openshaw, Jeanne
pages: 300
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Published : 2009

This book investigates the largely unexplored terrain of the lives of Baul Gurus by studying the autobiography of Baul Guru, Raj Krishna, and situating Baul songs in a larger socio-historical perspective. The author examines the life, 'lineage', and legacy of Raj Krishna in the context of the Renaissance in colonial Bengal, the growth of urban middle classes, transforming identities and the development of spiritual philosophy in the subcontinent. She traces the life and beliefs of Raj and his disciples through both oral and written sources. This volume also provides a comprehensive picture of the religious and socio-cultural aspirations of the people being addressed by the Baul Gurus. The appendices of the volume are also very informative with a translieration of the original text, and discussions on the methods of dating and analyzing Baul texts.

Author Bio: Jeanne Openshaw is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies, University of Edinburgh

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Tuesday 22 December, 2009.
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