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In praise of the ordinary man: Popular media, social hierarchy and identity in a North Indian text

Doron, Assa


This article recounts a story found in a popular genre of religious literature known as vrat katha [ritual storytelling]. The narrative is of an "ordinary" low-caste man and his everyday struggles. It tells of the social and economic suffering experienced by the poor man upon encountering god (called Trilokinath/Vishnu) and receiving his blessing, mediated through a series of miraculous events. However, the transformative power of the events and fortunes that follow is undermined by a Brahmin...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Asian Studies Review
DOI: 10.1080/10357820903362977


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