Ferrying the Gods: Myth, Performance and the question of 'Invented Traditions' in the city of Banaras

@article{Doron2009FerryingTG,
  title={Ferrying the Gods: Myth, Performance and the question of 'Invented Traditions' in the city of Banaras},
  author={Assa Doron},
  journal={Sites: a journal of social anthropology and cultural studies},
  year={2009},
  volume={6},
  pages={58-79}
}
  • Assa Doron
  • Published 2009
  • Art, History
  • Sites: a journal of social anthropology and cultural studies
  • The mythological traditions of the ‘native’ populations of colonised countries have been a subject of fascination for both colonial officials and contemporary anthropologists. Myth is often conceived as a window into the lives, social practices and identities of subordinate people. In this paper I examine an episode from the Indian epic Ramayana, which juxtaposes colonial interpretations with a contemporary one, refracted through the narratives and living practices of the boatman community in… CONTINUE READING
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