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On the threshold : songs of Chokhamela

Author: Cokhāmeḷā; Rohini Mokashi-Punekar
Publisher: Walnut Creek, CA : AltaMira Press, ©2005.
Series: Sacred literature series.
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"An untouchable in fourteenth-century western India, Chokhamela was cast out of temples because of his status. But his poetry captures this waiting, on the threshold of Hindu temples, without anger, without self-pity. Chokhamela belonged to the varkari tradition of Maharashtra, a sect that worshipped the god Vitthal but questioned the medieval orthodox Hinduism. The varkari tradition emphasizing simplicity is still  Read more...
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Cokhāmeḷā, -1318.
On the threshold.
Walnut Creek, CA : AltaMira Press, ©2005
(OCoLC)649026885
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cokhāmeḷā; Rohini Mokashi-Punekar
ISBN: 075910820X 9780759108202 0759108218 9780759108219
OCLC Number: 60584504
Language Note: English and Marathi.
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: New Delhi : Book Review Literary Trust, 2002.
Description: xxviii, 72 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Sacred literature series.
Other Titles: Works.
Songs of Chokhamela
Responsibility: translated by Rohini Mokashi-Punekar ; foreword by Suguna Ramanathan.

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"An untouchable in fourteenth-century western India, Chokhamela was cast out of temples because of his status. But his poetry captures this waiting, on the threshold of Hindu temples, without anger, without self-pity. Chokhamela belonged to the varkari tradition of Maharashtra, a sect that worshipped the god Vitthal but questioned the medieval orthodox Hinduism. The varkari tradition emphasizing simplicity is still alive in India today. Chokhamela's verses are remembered not only because he was one of the very first writers in India of the untouchable class. His questioning of his marginality - along with his realization of the god's need and love for him - are themes that continue to resonate today."--Jacket.

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