HON101 research paper rough draft

HON101 research paper rough draft - Stephanie Baggio Honors...

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Stephanie Baggio Honors 101/201 Prof. Goffman “They are all of bad sort”: The role of dancers and the influence on Hinduism in Narayan’s The Guide The goal of Hinduism is mysticism: to allow the individual to experience that he is a part of the immortal Being of the universe. Narayan uses the theme of dance throughout his novel The Guide to exemplify this goal through bhakti. Bhakti is the way of love, devotion, adoration, and dedication to an external god. The dance called Bharata Natyam is used as a type of yoga to experience the god directly, where the dancer actually performs an act of worship to Lord Shiva Nataraja (Rothfork). Bharatanatyam is one of the most popular Indian dances and belongs to the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. In the past, it was practiced and performed in the temples by a class of dancers known as the 'Devadasis'. In the novel, Rosie is from the caste of the Devadasis. Bharatanatyam dancers are usually women and, like the sculptures they take their positions from, always dance bent-kneed. It is an extremely precise dance style where a huge range of hand movements is used to convey moods and expressions (Prasad). Centuries ago, there were dancers, or priestesses, in the Hindu temples in south India, called Devadasis. They would sing, dance and play many musical instruments. The Devadasis were not allowed to have families, as they led a very strict life. Bharatnatyam is an artistic yoga that involves the movement of the body parts in a very artistic and elegant manner. It is the most widely practiced of Indian classical dances in south India (Prasad). The Devadasi girls learned and performed Bharata Natyam in temples. The Devadasis were dedicated, devoted and exclusive to a particular Hindu deity. They danced religious stories to please the gods either in the sanctums of the temple, or during processions of the deities. During British rule, Devadasis began dancing in the courts of princes and homes of wealthy landlords. This marked a change in the content and purpose of dances, as well as in the location
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Stephanie Baggio Honors 101/201 Prof. Goffman where they were performed. In the courts, dancers acted out poems written to honor the greatness of their patrons. Dancing was utilized as entertainment instead of for religious offering
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