Worshipping Bemata and Singing Songs of New Mother: Tradition and the Maternal Body in Folk Tradition of Haryana


Anjana Prakash (Independent, retired)

This paper aims to explicate how the maternal body is perceived and constructed in tradition through customary representations in folk tradition of rural women of north Indian villages of Haryana. The exclusive women’s tradition and folk rituals offer a glimpse into the way women both adhere to traditional perspectives on maternal body as well as deviate from it through singing playful songs of the new mother.

Part of 52-04 Women’s Song Traditions as Social Critique, Friday, October 22, 10:30 am–12:00 pm