The world of the Loriki is one of many small kingdoms—Ahir, Rajput, and aboriginal—vying for cattle, land, women and power. The Ahir stand equal to the "twice-born" warrior castes, where marriage by capture is the norm, and expressions of strength, bravery, loyalty, nobility, and honor are valued. Like many other epic traditions, it depicts the life of a tragic hero (Lorik). Episodes of the Loriki are localized in the various regions that know the epic, and it is viewed—especially by rural Ahir—as a caste history to which many of their distinctive customs can be traced. Lorik is seen as an historical hero of great stature and the Ahirs' most illustrious ancestor.
Significance in Hindi Literature
The Lorik and Chanda tales hold significance in Hindi folk literature. There is record of the story of Lorik and Chanda from the early 14th century. In writing the first Hindavi verse romance, the Chandayan, Maulana Daud adapted the Ahir Folk-epic of Lorik and Chanda into a distinctive Sufi story in 1379. The maulana believed that the whole of the Chandayan was divine truth and that it was compatible with interpretations of some verses of the Quran.
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