Displacing the domestic: The elsewhere of transcendence

Meera Baindur

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    In this chapter, Baindur explores three interconnected themes: the ideas of women’s place in the home, the ‘elsewhere’ they travel to, and the understanding of transcendence or self-discovery in these journeys to elsewhere. One of the ways through which women sought to transcend the limiting experience of a domestic life in Eastern culture was through seeking transcendence and spiritual experience. The nuns of Buddhist faith, the theri -s, or the devotee saints like Mira Bai, reject the life of women as providers and nurturers. They take recourse to wandering or travelling as a way to discover some kind of transcendent experience. I posit that displacing oneself from familiar place-scapes (by travel) and then working on a re-engagement of the body and its environs such as clothes and movement becomes a way for women to rediscover their uninhibited self.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationConstructions of Self and Other in Yoga, Travel, and Tourism
    Subtitle of host publicationA Journey to Elsewhere
    PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
    Pages45-53
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Electronic)9783319325125
    ISBN (Print)9783319325118
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2016

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    Baindur, M. (2016). Displacing the domestic: The elsewhere of transcendence. In Constructions of Self and Other in Yoga, Travel, and Tourism: A Journey to Elsewhere (pp. 45-53). Springer International Publishing AG. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32512-5_6