Singing the Goddess Into Place: Locality, Myth, and Social Change in Chamundi of the Hill, a Kannada Folk Ballad (SUNY Press, 2022) demonstrates how folk narratives reflect local context while also actively working to upend social inequities based on caste and ritual/devotional practices. By delving into this world, the book helps us understand how a landscape is transformed through people’s relationship with it and how this relationship helps build meaning for the communities that call it home.
Raj Balkaran is a scholar, online educator, and life coach. For information see rajbalkaran.com.
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