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Alchemies of violence [electronic resource] : myths of identity and the life of trade in western India / Lawrence A. Babb.

By: Babb, Lawrence A.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New Delhi ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, 2004Description: 1 online resource (254 p.) : ill., map.ISBN: 9788132103219 (electronic bk.); 8132103211 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Marwaris -- India -- Rajasthan -- Ethnic identity | Marwaris -- India -- Rajasthan -- Folklore | Merchants -- India -- Rajasthan -- Social life and customs | Violence -- India -- Rajasthan -- Folklore | Marwaris -- Inde -- R*ajasth*an -- Identit�e ethnique | Marwaris -- Inde -- R*ajasth*an -- Folklore | Commer�cants -- Inde -- R*ajasth*an -- M�Eurs et coutumes | Violence -- Inde -- R*ajasth*an -- Folklore | BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Sales & Selling -- General | BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Marketing -- General | BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- CommerceGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Alchemies of violence.DDC classification: 381/.092/2544 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Violence and the ways of trade -- Sages and warriors -- Melted warriors -- Warriors exiled -- Going public -- Traders victorious.
Summary: The several trading castes known generically as �Marwaris� are among the most powerful and wealthy groups in India. While they have spread throughout India and beyond, their homeland is Rajasthan. This absorbing book explores their origin myths and the manner in which these myths construct and express their social identities. Lawrence Babb draws attention to the special problems of self-definition faced by these groups and shows how myth engages these problems by using a distinctive symbolism drawn from the Vedic rite of sacrifice. According, to the author, origin myths utilize sacrifice as a.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [235]-242) and index.

Violence and the ways of trade -- Sages and warriors -- Melted warriors -- Warriors exiled -- Going public -- Traders victorious.

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The several trading castes known generically as �Marwaris� are among the most powerful and wealthy groups in India. While they have spread throughout India and beyond, their homeland is Rajasthan. This absorbing book explores their origin myths and the manner in which these myths construct and express their social identities. Lawrence Babb draws attention to the special problems of self-definition faced by these groups and shows how myth engages these problems by using a distinctive symbolism drawn from the Vedic rite of sacrifice. According, to the author, origin myths utilize sacrifice as a.

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