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Oral Traditions and Folklore

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Author(s): Malik, Aditya
The vital importance of oral traditions and their expression in various genres – both classical and folk – within Hindu religious thought and practice cannot be emphasized enough. While undoubtedly there has been a proliferation of written texts in Sanskrit and other regional languages in South Asia, there has been an equally pervasive spread of oral narratives throughout diverse historical periods and not the least during the present day. At the very outset it is worthwhile noting that oral nar…
Date: 2019-01-30