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Writing the Self: The Life and Philosophy of a Bengali Baul Guru

Jeanne Openshaw


Renowned as the wandering minstrels and mystics from India and Bangladesh, Bauls have attained an iconic status as representatives of the ‘spiritual East’. This book investigates the largely unexplored terrain of the lives of Baul gurus by studying the autobiography of Baul guru, Raj Krishna, and situating Baul songs in a larger socio-historical perspective. The author examines the life, ‘lineage’, and legacy of Raj Krishna in the context of the Renaissance in colonial Bengal, the growth of urban middle classes, transforming identities and the development of spiritual philosophy in the subcont ... More

Keywords: Baul gurus, wandering minstrels, mystics, Raj Krishna, Baul songs, Bengal, Renaissance, middle class, spiritual philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780198062479
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198062479.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeanne Openshaw, author
University of Edinburgh