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Manushi 50—52 January—June : 74— Excellent introduction for advanced undergraduates. Martin, Nancy M. Reference work. Edited by Edwin Bryant, — New York: Oxford University Press, This concise essay provides a brief introduction to the life, poetry, and appeal of the saint together with English translations of sixteen songs, drawn from both written and oral sources and thus reflecting the broad traditions of song associated with the saint.
Useful short introduction for undergraduates. Mukta, Parita. Groundbreaking work, examining oral traditions of Mirabai among low-caste communities in Rajasthan and Saurashtra in Gujarat. Argues that Mirabai belongs primarily to these communities and that her songs provide a language to express solidarity and resistance to patriarchal and feudal authorities, with middle-class and upper-caste appropriations portrayed as inauthentic.
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Women Writing in India: B. New York: Feminist Press, Very short introduction to Mirabai, including translations of four poems, with attention to feminist scholarship on the saint. Mirabai is presented in this text in the context of a multitude of other women writers in India across time. Useful for undergraduate assignment as a very brief introduction. See pp. Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content on this page. Please subscribe or login. Oxford Bibliographies Online is available by subscription and perpetual access to institutions. From an early age, she worshiped the image of Krishna.
Her form of worship was influenced by a number of her male relatives who were devotees of a mystical form of Hinduism called Bhakti. In the Bhakti tradition, one approached one's god through pure love, without any restrictions of caste, color, or gender. Many Bhakti followers gave up their worldly life and left their families to became wandering teachers or live together in like-minded communities.
Their message usually was spread through deeply personal poems through which they conversed with their chosen God.
Female devotees who aspired to live this life also had to give up their husbands and family. They had to live among people from a variety of castes, including those considered forbidden to them.
In spite of what many felt were acts of subversive, some who overcame obstacles to follow their spiritual quests in time became respected and even revered. In Mirabai was married to Prince Bhoj Raj of the Rajput kingdom of Mewar, the most powerful Rajput state in the early 16th century.
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It's capital was Chittor. From the start Mira was a problem.
She refused to worship her husband's family's goddess devi , claiming that she already had offered herself to Lord Krishna and considered herself married to him. She refused the family's gifts of silks and jewels. She insisting on associating with the community of bhaktas.
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