For ten years, William Sax studied the population of the previous state of Garhwal in northern India. Sax attended and took part in performances of the pandav lila (a ritual reenactment of scenes from the Mahabharata in a dance) and saw its context in village lifestyles. Combining ethnographic fieldwork with refined mirrored image at the higher meanings of those rituals and practices, this quantity provides the knowledge in a method obtainable to the uninitiated reader. Sax opens a window on a desirable (and threatened) point of rural Indian lifestyles and on Hinduism as a dwelling faith, whereas supplying an obtainable creation to the Mahabharata itself.
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