Encoutering Kabir: From Old Manuscripts to Living Oral Traditions

I don’t use ink or paper,
this hand never touched a pen.
The great truths of four ages
Kabir tells with his mouth alone.

If Kabir, the great 15th-century Hindi poet of Banaras, didn’t write anything, how do we now have thousands of poems in his name? This talk will offer a history of Kabir texts and their audiences, concluding with a closer look at the contents of a Rajasthani manuscript dated 1614-21, which Linda Hess is currently translating. There will be a poetry reading!