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Real Sadhus Sing to God: Gender, Asceticism, and Vernacular Religion in Rajasthan

Antoinette Elizabeth DeNapoli


The book brings to light the little known, and often marginalized, lives of female Hindu sadhus in the North Indian state of Rajasthan. It offers a new perspective on the practice of asceticism in India today, a phenomenon the author refers to as “vernacular asceticism.” Examining the everyday religious worlds and practices of primarily “unlettered” female sadhus, whose ages cut across the lifespan and who come from a variety of castes, the book illustrates that the female sadhus interviewed by the author experience asceticism in relational and celebratory ways and view their lives as a path o ... More

Keywords: sadhus, sceticism, vernacular asceticism, Rajasthan, Bhakti, yoga, Hinduism, performance, lived religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199940011
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199940011.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Antoinette Elizabeth DeNapoli, author
University of Wyoming