Namdev is a central figure in the cultural history of India, especially within the field of "bhakti," a devotional practice that has created publics of memory for over eight centuries. Born in the Marathi-speaking region of the Deccan in the late thirteenth century, Namdev is remembered as a simple, low-caste Hindu tailor whose innovative performances of devotional songs spread his fame widely. He is central to many religious traditions within Hinduism, as well as to Sikhism, and he is a key early literary figure in Maharashtra, northern India, and Punjab.
In the modern period, Namdev appears throughout the public spheres of Marathi and Hindi and in India at large, where his identity fluctuates between regional associations and a quiet, pan-Indian, nationalist-secularist profile that champions the poor, oppressed, marginalized, and low caste. Christian Lee Novetzke considers the way social memory coheres around the figure of Namdev from the sixteenth century to the present, examining the practices that situate Namdev's memory in multiple historical publics. Focusing primarily on Maharashtra and drawing on ethnographies of devotional performance, archival materials, scholarly historiography, and popular media, especially film, Novetzke vividly illustrates how religious communities in India preserve their pasts and, in turn, create their own historical narratives.
Adoration so powerful that it demands absolute worship. The ultimate extension of the amor of the romantic knight of chivalry. The absolute willingness to do anything for the pleasure of the woman the knight is sworn to. The cliched, "your wish is my command." This is the realm of the submissive male, giving himself totally to the service of his Lady, his Mistress. A realm of dangerous potentialities, especially when the submissive and Mistress are both married to other people. This is the story told through poetry - a failed love affair between two people linked through the digital realm, living 1500 miles apart, unable to see each other, touch each other, kiss - but deeply in love with each other. Raw and unpolished, the tale told is an explicit and powerful descent into the blurred realm of long distance love in the 21st century. Where longings are brought to life in dreams and nightmares defying the distance separating two lovers.
Zoroastrianism is a religion much commented upon by a few enthusiastic Oriental scholars, and less understood by the general public. Out of the millions of believers of this faith in the by gone ages, there now remains a handful of devout followers, known as the Parsis. I have, therefore, ventured to put before my readers a brief sketch of the teachings of this divine prophet. I hope, that the strangers to the faith may find in it food for philosophic enlightenment, and the Zoroastrians themselves a subject for deeper and wider researches in the untold wealth of sublime theology and philosophy, now locked up in the monumental tomes of the ancient Avesta writings...
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