By Linda Hess
As texts and performances are consistently socially embedded, Linda Hess brings readers into the lives of these who sing, listen, rejoice, revere, and dispute approximately Kabir. Bodies of Song is wealthy in tales of people and households, villages and cities, non secular and secular corporations, castes and groups. discussion among religious/spiritual Kabir and social/political Kabir is a continuing topic in the course of the booklet: ambiguously positioned among Hindu and Muslim cultures, Kabir rejected spiritual identities, pretentions, and hypocrisies. yet even whereas satirizing the spiritual, he composed beautiful poetry of spiritual adventure and mental perception. A weaver through alternate, Kabir additionally criticized caste and different inequalities and this day serves as an icon for Dalits and all who try to take away caste prejudice and oppression.
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Bodies of Song: Kabir Oral Traditions and Performative Worlds in North India by Linda Hess