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Dancing the Self: Personhood and Performance in the Pandav Lila of Garhwal

William S. Sax


Explores the way personhood is constructed in public ritual performance. The performances are pandav lilas, ritual dramatizations of India's great epic, Mahabharata. They take place in the former Hindu kingdom of Garhwal, located in the central Himalayas of North India. The book begins by summarizing the theoretical literature on personhood (or ”selfhood”) and performance and providing a brief summary of the epic. Next, it describes one particular performance in detail and then goes on to discuss questions of caste, gender, and locality – all in the context of an overarching discussion of the ... More

Keywords: Hinduism, India, Mahabharata, oral epics, performance, persons, ritual, self

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195139150
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195139151.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William S. Sax, author
University of Heidelberg
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