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By Sandria B. Freitag

ISBN-10: 0520080947

ISBN-13: 9780520080942

ISBN-10: 0585111111

ISBN-13: 9780585111117

This selection of ten essays on Banaras, one of many biggest city facilities in India's jap Gangetic simple, is united through a typical curiosity in analyzing daily actions to be able to know about shared values and motivations, techniques of id formation, and self-conscious structures of group. half One examines the functionality genres that experience drawn audiences from during the urban. half makes a speciality of the parts of local, rest, and paintings, analyzing the techniques in which city citizens use a feeling of identification to prepare their actions and convey aspiring to their lives. half 3 hyperlinks those reports inside of Banaras to a sequence of "larger worlds," starting from language hobbies and political protests to illness ecology and nearby environmental effect. Banaras is a posh international, with modifications in faith, caste, category, language, and pop culture; the range of those essays embraces these variations. it's a assortment that may curiosity students and scholars of South Asia in addition to an individual attracted to comparative discussions of pop culture.

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Narrating dialogue, the speaker assumes the various parts and acts them expertly, with vivid facial expressions and gestures. " just as a priest appears before the dais bearing a brass lamp, which he waves in worship before the book. The listeners rise to sing a hymn in its praise, and when this concludes many come forward to place an offering on the book, to touch the speaker's feet reverently, and to receive from him a blessing of prasad in the form of sacred tulsi leaves from a sprig that has been resting on the book.

In view of the separation, it is particularly interesting to find that at least since the 1950s another period of expansion has been under way, one that has affected the activities examined in Part 2, including annual temple shringars, the proliferation of neighborhood shrines, and the expansion of neighborhood-sponsored versions of public ceremonials (see chapter 4). Although this process may have developed apace, if separately, for both middle- and lower-class activities, most of the evidence presented in this volume relates to the expansion of activities supported by the lower classes.

6 Keeping in mind this broader context of collective action in public spaces, then, the following three chapters examine several different kinds of performance genres. While their audiences ranged from middle to lower classes, and their patterns of development differed to some extent, taken together they provide a clearer picture than we have had 4. " Also important to remember is his point that, while "communitas" stops just short of its antithesis ("structure"), it cannot emerge without structure, which is needed to create the appropriate occasions.

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