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Popular Culture of Himalayan Women in English Writing

Abstract : It is sometimes thought that the sense of history has been granted to India as part of the colonial legacy, but still very much lacking in the popular expression of the local culture. Myths and stories are systematically opposed to history in the shaping of Indian culture, and history, as a way of looking at one's past and present, is thought to be only available in the form of westernized writing of it, taking the external, objective stand. Such rationality is further deemed a warrant of democracy, which is grounded on the recognition of subject as an individual responsible entity, and not on the local lore or "mythic consciousness". Using the referential literary frame of classical mythology, but extending it to the more popular and local lore of Himalayan goddesses, Mrinal Pande in a half fictional half auto-biographical report on local culture, unveils the women view-point on their own self ideal as drawn from their own interpretation of the myths. The narrative intertwins English adaptations of the major classical myths from the epics and puranas, popular stories from the local lore, the family saga centred on the figure of the Grand Mother, and reports of social workers fighting for the rights of women, and succeeds in elaborating s different vision of history.
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Annie Montaut. Popular Culture of Himalayan Women in English Writing. T. Shakur & K. D'Souza. Picturing South Asian Culture in English, Open House Press, on line publication, 2003. ⟨halshs-00753139⟩

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