By Lindsey Harlan
The Rajputs governed the majority of the kingdoms that have been joined jointly after Indian independence to shape the country of Rajasthan, "Land of Kings." a massive a part of Rajput faith is the worship of "heroes" who've died in conflict. this tradition has attained new importance lately, as right-wing Hindu activists have deployed narratives approximately heroism in Rajput wars with Muslim emperors. during this ebook, Lindsey Harlan explores the belief of the Rajput hero. She is especially attracted to the function performed through gender in tales approximately heroes and of their worship. She seems to be on the changes among male and female storytellers, the relationships of the hero to the ladies in his story, and the connection of the hero to the goddess for whom he's either sacrifice and henchman. She obtains her fabrics from interviews with Rajput households and their servants, from songfests, from bystanders at shrines, from ritual experts. eventually she exhibits how heroic traditions encapsulate and exhibit beliefs of perfection and masculinity, outlined such a lot visibly opposed to the backdrop of domesticity and femininity. extra commonly she argues that heroes replicate ever-changing valuations of background, and function resources of thought for dealing with modern demanding situations (domestic, communal, nationwide) and issues concerning the future.