Killing Vāli Rāma's Confession

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:
Killing Vāli Rāma's Confession

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This chapter discusses the puppeteers' treatment of another contentious episode, Vāli's death, especially Rāma's admission of wrongdoing. It argues that the puppeteers' alteration of Kampan's Vāli undermined the bhakti text by narrowing the ethical distance between the avatar and his adversaries. The chapter also contends that the Rāma's confession is not so much an exposure of clay feet as an accommodation between the claims of perfection in the bhakti text and the demand for balance in folk Hinduism.

Keywords: Vāli's death; puppeteers; Rāma's confession; Kampan; bhakti text; folk Hinduism

Chapter.  6287 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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