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Violent Women

William S. Sax

in Dancing the Self

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780195139150
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199871650 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195139151.003.0007
 Violent Women

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Investigates the way in which pandav lilas create gendered persons. The focus is on Draupadi, common wife of the five Pandava brothers, the protagonists of the epic, and their mother Kunti. The chapter concludes that these womens’ identities as Rajputs are more strongly emphasized in Pandav Lila than their identities as women, and that this accounts for the extreme violence with which they are associated.

Keywords: caste; Draupadi; gendered; Kunti; Mahabharata

Chapter.  10500 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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