Ambivalent Accommodations: Bhakti and Folk Hinduism

Stuart Blackburn

in Inside the Drama-House

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 1996 | ISBN: 9780520202054
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916807 | DOI:
Ambivalent Accommodations: Bhakti and Folk Hinduism

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This chapter examines the puppet play's accommodation of Kampan's devotional Hinduism with foil Hinduism. The accommodations appear first and frequently in the “Song of the Drama-House.” The chapter suggests that accommodation of bhakti text in the puppet play is additive, the joys of total surrender to God are not excluded from the play. The puppeteers were also able to tell a Rāma story more complicated than either a bhakti or a folk text alone could produce.

Keywords: puppet play; Kampan; Hinduism; Drama-House song; bhakti text; Rāma

Chapter.  6846 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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