Constructing Community, Gender and Kinship through Epic Singing

Kishore Bhattacharjee


This research article throws light on the gender perspectives prevalent in two cultural geographies existing in Dhubri and Kamrup districts on southwestern Assam. The study of the narrated performances of the story of Manasa reveals the feminine worldview of life in the western districts of Assam. This paper elaborately discusses the epic narration through folk ritual theatre performance of the Rajbongshis in Dhubri district focusing on construction, reinforcement, and contestation of kinship, caste and gender identities. In Kamrup district, the spirit possession and religious integration of tribal belief system perceives Manasa worship also as an occasion for propitiation of animistic gods
and goddesses.

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