Hinduism and Tribal Religions

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Lāl Ded

  • Shahida Shahida
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1036-5_329-1

Synonyms

Definition

Lal Ded was a Kashmiri mystic poet known popularly for her vakhyans (sayings or proverbs of Lalla) that form an integral part of Kashmiri cultural tradition, and she is venerated equally by both Hindus and Muslims till date.

Life and Influences

Lal Ded was born in the fourteenth century between 1317 and 1320 either in Sempore near Pampore or in Pandrenthan near Srinagar. The exact date and place of birth are rather doubtful because everything that we know about her is communicated orally or by legends and very little is known about her. There are no authentic manuscripts of her compositions. Most of them are documented from oral folktales and proverbs. Most of the Kashmiri historians from the fifteenth century onward are silent about her life and contribution. This is chiefly because they were busy documenting important events related...

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References

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    Haskote R (trans) (2011) I, Lalla: the poems of Lal Ded. Penguin Books, Delhi, pp 15–16Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shahida Shahida
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  1. 1.Department of Humanities and Social SciencesNational Institute of TechnologyKurukshetraIndia