Say to the Sun, “Don’t Rise,” and to the Moon, “Don’t Set”: Two Oral Narratives from the Countryside of Maharashtra*
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edited and translated by Anne Feldhaus
Professor of Religious Studies, Arizona State University
with Ramdas Atkar and Rajaram Jagade
This book presents translations of two lively and well-crafted examples of the ovī, a genre typical of the oral literature of Marathi-speaking Dhangar shepherds. These two ovīs narrate the stories of Biroba and Dhuloba, two of the most important gods of the Dhangars. Each of the ovīs tells an elaborate story of the birth of the god – a miraculous and complicated process in both cases – and of the struggles he went through in order to find and win his bride. Moreover, an extensive Introduction provides a literary analysis of the ovīs and discusses what they reveal about the cosmology, geography, society, administrative structures and economy of the Dhangars’ world, as well as their views on pastoralists and women.
‘The authors have exhaustively reviewed the nature and material culture that figures in the ovīs.
Shraddha Kumbhojkar, Economic & Political Weekly
* Only for sale in South Asia