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Mud, Mirror and Thread: Folk Traditions of Rural India
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Mud, Mirror and Thread: Folk Traditions of Rural India (Hardback)

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This book celebrates the diversity of the vast subcontinent by examining little known folk traditions of village and nomad peoples. Drawing upon the traditions of India's half million villages, it helps comprehend the inner logic behind the almost numberless acts of Hindu devotion that occur each day, many of which involve the adornment of homes and altars and the creation of clay vessels and images. They show how, in traditions of embroidery and dress, we can 'read' the complicated ethnic and caste relationships that characterise the societal matrix of the rural peoples. Consequently, the India presented here is village rather than city, local and regional rather than national, peaceful rather than chaotic, spiritual rather than sensational, and despite the vast changes taking place, essentially timeless. The essays in this book are based on field research by leading experts Nora Fisher, Judy Frater, Stephen Huyler, Jyotindra Jain and Vijaya Nagarajan.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArt formsDecorative artsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPopular beliefs & controversial knowledgeFolklore, myths & legends Publisher: Grantha Corporation Publication Date: 01/12/1995 ISBN-13: 9780944142912  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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