Contents: Tribute to Dr. Rajendra Joshi/Lloyd I. Rudolph and Susanne Hoeber Rudolph. 1. Violence and the construction of trading-caste identity/Lawrence A. Babb. 2. A tale of two cities: on the origins of Digambar sectarianism in North India/John E. Cort. 3. The tender trap: Lord Shiva’s wedding in vernacular mythology/Ann Grodzins Gold. 4. On headless heroes: Pabuji from the inside out/Lindsey Harlan. 5. The Ramanandis of Galta (Jaipur, Rajasthan)/Monika Horstmann. 6. Deifying the dead: the Satis of Rajasthan/Varsha Joshi. 7. The Prannathis of Rajasthan: Bhakti and Irfan/Dominique-Sila Khan. 8. Light on the lotus: temple decoration or essential form?/Michael W. Meister. 9. The disdainful Maharana: Amar Singh’s ethnography of the Mewar-Kishengarh marriage/Lloyd I. Rudolph and Susanne Hoeber Rudolph. 10. Albert Hall: a museum for industrial arts/Chandramani Singh. 11. The sacred friendship: Indian princes and colonialism/Ranbir Sinh. 12. The elusive historical Mirabai: a note/Frances Taft. Index.
"The book embodies the idea that Rajasthan’s past - and hence its present – cannot be adequately comprehended from the limited perspective of any single academic discipline or approach. Instead, it celebrates the notion that the region’s past is subject to many constructions, each of which can contribute to a fuller understanding of its present-day cultural and social diversity. The authors of the papers presented here represent a wide variety of disciplines -- history, anthropology, art history, religious studies, and political science -and the papers deal with the region’s past as seen from both highly contrastive and complementary points of view. Each paper is a substantive and important contribution to the study of Rajasthani culture and society. Together they illustrate the idea that Rajasthan has many pasts and many histories, that this multiplicity is a basic feature of the region’s cultural landscape, and that it is an essential component of continuing scholarship." (jacket)