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Nectar Gaze and Poison BreathAn Analysis and Translation of the Rajasthani Oral Narrative of Devnarayan$
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Aditya Malik

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195150193

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195150198.001.0001

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Social Narrative

Social Narrative

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Nectar Gaze and Poison Breath

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This chapter focuses on the way social interrelationships are perceived and defined. Broadly speaking, these interrelationships are articulated in more than one way: through ancestry, kinship, conflict, political alliances, marital bonds, and so on. The nature of these interrelationships both declare and explain which groups belong to the community of worshipers and why they tend to be located at the periphery of the “core community”. Although at some point different groups are pictured as interrelated and “commingling”, differences between groups are also accentuated in terms of mutual enmity. This is particularly evident in the example of the Gujar heroes and local Rajputs, in the garb of the Rāna, whereby the former belong to the “core community”, and the latter, in some cases, belong to the domain of enemies (and villains). The passages discussed bring show not only the ways power is perceived but also the tensions involved in establishing the supremacy of one kind of power over the other.

Keywords:   Devnārāya, oral narrative, social interrelationships, power

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