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By Lawrence A Babb

the various buying and selling castes recognized generically as `Marwaris` are one of the strongest and prosperous teams in India. whereas they've got unfold all through India and past, their native land is Rajasthan. This soaking up ebook explores their starting place myths and the style during which those myths build and show their social identities.

Lawrence Babb attracts consciousness to the distinctive difficulties of self-definition confronted via those teams and exhibits how delusion engages those difficulties by utilizing a particular symbolism drawn from the Vedic ceremony of sacrifice. in accordance, to the writer, beginning myths make the most of sacrifice as a grasp metaphor for inventive strength and social order. At a broader point, this booklet bargains with 3 interrelated topics: the character of India`s caste procedure; the designated personality and particular position of buying and selling castes in Indian society; and the position of delusion as a repository of socially vital wisdom. a distinct function of this booklet is that it truly is dependent almost always at the literature released through caste and non secular institutions supplemented by way of oral material.

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