Chapter

“Do Not Neglect This Golden Body of Yours”

Lisa I. Knight

in Contradictory Lives

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199773541
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897353 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773541.003.0005
“Do Not Neglect This Golden Body of Yours”

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This chapter looks closely at songs performed and composed by Baul women. Bauls are especially well known for their evocative songs, and they use their songs to further personal as well as societal changes. Baul women, like Baul men, utilize the performance setting to cultivate their identity, earn an income, and communicate the kinds of messages they believe are important. Examined also is how these songs, especially those composed by women, relate to the lives of the women who sing them.

Keywords: Baul songs; women; performance; dress; entertainment; guru; hypocrisy; transformation; caste; equality; aging

Chapter.  11357 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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