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Bodies of Song: Kabir Oral Traditions and Performative Worlds in Northern India

Linda Hess


This book studies the poetry and culture of Kabir—a great and still popular fifteenth-century religious poet of North India—through the lens of oral-performative traditions. It draws from ethnographic research conducted over a ten-year period, mainly in Malwa, Madhya Pradesh, as well as on the history of written collections. First it focuses on texts—their transmission by singers, the dynamics of textual forms in oral performance, and the connections between texts in oral forms, written forms, and other media. Second, it attends to context, reception, and community. Chapters 1 through 4 draw a ... More

Keywords: Kabir, oral, written, texts, media, music, political, social, religious, spiritual

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199374168
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199374168.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Linda Hess, author
Senior Lecturer, Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University