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Tales of Pabuji: A Rajasthani Tradition

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Those searching for cultural connections  through art and literature, especially teachers of world studies and Asian studies classes, will welcome this short but rich exploration of the Rajasthan oral epic of Pabuji. The tales, not widely known beyond rural Rajasthan, are based on an actual medieval Rajput prince, a younger son of a younger son in what was to become the ruling line of Jodhpur. Throughout Rajasthan he is seen as a Robin Hood-type hero born in the remote desert village of Kohu. Although not accepted as a deity by highercaste Hindus, Pabuji is widely worshipped as a divine incarnation and patron protector of livestock and camel drivers among herdsmen and others of rural Rajasthan. Sadly, this important background information is barely hinted at on the video case.