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Author Sathaye, Adheesh A., author

Title Crossing the lines of caste : Visvamitra and the construction of Brahmin power in Hindu mythology / Adheesh A. Sathaye
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2015
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Summary In Hindu mythology one notable figure named Viśvāmitra is said to have transformed himself from a king into a Brahmin sage by amassing great ascetic power, or tapas. This book examines the rich mosaic of legends about Visvamitra that are found across the Hindu mythological tradition and offers a comprehensive historical analysis of how the 'storyworlds' conjured up through these various tellings have, time and again, served to adapt, upgrade, and reinforce the social identity of real-world Brahmin communities, from the ancient Vedic past up to the hypermodern present
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from home page (viewed on April 28, 2015)
Subject Viśvāmitra (Hindu mythology)
Caste -- Religious aspects -- Hinduism
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780190233556 (ebook)