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• A Dalit Poet-saint

John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan

in The Life of Hinduism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780520249134
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940079 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520249134.003.0014
• A Dalit Poet-saint

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This chapter describes the Shri Guru Ravidas Sabha of Woodside, Queens. The guru venerated in the title is one of the most important religious voices to have emerged from the “bottom” of Indian caste society, and is a sixteenth-century bhakti poet-saint whose memory is alive across North India and beyond. The chapter describes the religious institutions that Ravidasis have established in their guru's name during the past several decades in Banaras, the city where he lived. For centuries, certain bhakti hagiographies have tried to show how Ravidas belonged to the Hindu domain, though others have rejected the notion.

Keywords: Ravidas Sabha; Indian caste society; bhakti poet-saint; Ravidasis; Banaras

Chapter.  8460 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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