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Some Aporias of History: Time, Truth and Play in Dangs, Gujarat

Ajay Skaria
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 34, No. 15 (Apr. 10-16, 1999), pp. 897-904
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4407847
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Abstract

Historians and social scientists confronted with pasts imagined differently from history have resorted to one of two strategies: converting oral traditions into the equivalent of archival sources and then writing histories that adhere to the norms of western professional history writing; or by denying any significant traffic between history and other froms of conceiving pasts, subsuming the latter under the rubrics of myth or more recently, memory. This article argues that the Dangi's 'vadilcha goth' or tales about ancestors are an engagement with modernity and its paradigmatic trope, history. The subaltern practice of anomalous and hybrid histories, in the Dangs, produces a multiplicity of pasts quite different from those multiple histories which historians conceive of and increasingly call for.

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