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Fabulous Females and Peerless Pirs: Tales of Mad Adventure in Old Bengal


The mythic figure Satya Pīr has a wide following among Hindus and Muslims alike in the Bangla-speaking regions of South Asia. Believed to be an avatara of krsna, or a Sufi saint, or somehow both, he is worshipped for his ability to bring wealth and comfort to a family. At the heart of this worship is the simple proposition that human dignity and morality are dependent upon a proper livelihood-without wealth, people cannot be expected to live moral lives. Men have a special responsibility to create that stability, but sometimes fail miserably, making ill-advised decisions that compromise the wo ... More

Keywords: Hinduism, Muslim, Bangla, South Asia, Satya Pīr, translation, Bengali folk tales, worship, parody, Brahmin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195165296
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195165292.001.0001