Say to the Sun, ?Don?t Rise,? and to the Moon, ?Don?t Set? Two Oral Narratives from the Countryside of Maharashtra
edited and translated by Anne Feldhaus
- ISBN : 9789384082680
- year : 2015
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Pastoralist traditions have long been extraordinarily important to the social, economic, political and
cultural life of the Maharashtra region in western India. The oral literature of the Marathi-speaking
Dhangar shepherds of Maharashtra is not only an important element of the traditional cultural life of the
region, but also a treasure of world literature.
This volume presents translations of two lively and well-crafted examples of the ovī, a genre typical of
the oral literature of the Dhangars. These two ovīs narrate the stories of Biroba and Dhuloba, two of the
most important gods of the Dhangars. Each of the ovīs tells an elaborate story of the birth of the god?a
miraculous and complicated process in both cases?and of the struggles he went through in order to
find and win his bride. The extensive introduction provides a literary analysis of the ovīs and discusses
what they reveal about the cosmology, geography, society, administrative structures and economy of the
Dhangars? world, as well as their views on pastoralists and women.