ISBN 9788189487959,Everyday Lives, Everyday Histories: Beyond the Kings and Brahmanas of AncientIndia

Everyday Lives, Everyday Histories: Beyond the Kings and Brahmanas of AncientIndia



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Publication Year 2012

ISBN 9788189487959

ISBN-10 8189487957


Edition 3rd
Number of Pages 330 Pages
Language (English)

Literature & Fiction

This volume of essays moves the historiography of ancient India inthe service of a history of the present. The cultural onslaught ofa brahmanical saffron culture within popular discourse, and thefight against entrenched class and caste interests led by women,dalits and other marginalized groups, frame this battlefor ancientIndia. Through an in-depth analysis of myths and original sources,the author provides novel grounds for contesting the foundations ofsuch charged concepts as nation, civilization and womanly honour.Reading against the grain of canonical sources, she presents adistinctive reading of lesser known Buddhist Pali texts, the Jatakastories, and contemporary texts like the TV serials Chanakya andRamayana, to demonstrate the stratifications in early Indiansociety. The book brings to light several crucial concepts andcategories that make possible a sensitive delineation of socialalienation, class antagonism and gendered violence in ancientIndian society. The everyday histories of dasas, karmakaras,agrihinis, bhaktins and gahapatis providean understanding ofancient India away from the clichd invocations of ideal kings,Brahmans and pativratas.