On the Threshold: Songs of Chokhamela

Paperback | October 11, 2010

byRohini Mokashi-punekar

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An untouchable in fourteenth century western India, Chokhamela was cast out of temples because of his status. But his poetry captures this waiting, on the threshold of Hindu temple, without anger, without self-pity. Chokhamela belonged to the varkari tradition of Maharashtra, a sect that worshipped the god Vitthal but questioned the medieval orthodox Hinduism. The varkari tradition emphasizing simplicity is still alive in India today. Chokhamela's verses are remembered not only because he was one of the very first writers in India of the untouchable class. His questioning of his marginality along with his realization of the god's need and love for him, are themes that continue to resonate today.

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An untouchable in fourteenth century western India, Chokhamela was cast out of temples because of his status. But his poetry captures this waiting, on the threshold of Hindu temple, without anger, without self-pity. Chokhamela belonged to the varkari tradition of Maharashtra, a sect that worshipped the god Vitthal but questioned the me...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:100 pages, 138 × 217 × 0.68 inPublished:October 11, 2010Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300165226

ISBN - 13:9780300165227

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