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Everyday CreativitySinging Goddesses in the Himalayan Foothills$
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Kirin Narayan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226407425

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226407739.001.0001

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Attaining: The Mountain Daughter’s Many Forms

Attaining: The Mountain Daughter’s Many Forms

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(p.69) Chapter 3 Attaining: The Mountain Daughter’s Many Forms
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Everyday Creativity
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Kirin Narayan

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226407739.003.0003

This chapter focuses on Sita-devi, an old woman who shared her favorite songs with the author. Like many accomplished singers of her generation, Sita-devi most valued songs carrying mythological events and metaphysical insights. To convey a sense of the vast knowledge that a person without written literacy can carry, the author provides a summary of the songs from their first meeting. For each song, she highlights the names of the deities involved, the legendary figures described, or the metaphysical principle being celebrated. She also mentions the genre that Sita-devi identified, which was often a devotional bhajan but inflected with other genres associated with life-cycle events.

Keywords:   women's songs, singers, Sita-devi, Indian deities, life cycle events

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