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Mondays on the Dark Night of the Moon Himalayan Foothill Folktales

by Kirin Narayan

  • ISBN: 9780195103496
  • ISBN10: 0195103491

Mondays on the Dark Night of the Moon Himalayan Foothill Folktales

by Kirin Narayan

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 04/01/1997
  • ISBN: 9780195103496
  • ISBN10: 0195103491
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Description: Oral tales establish relationships between storytellers and their listeners. Yet most printed collections of folktales contain only stories, stripped of the human contexts in which they are told. In this innovative book, Indian-American anthropologist Kirin Narayan reproduces twenty-one folktales narrated in a mountain dialect by a middle-aged Indian village woman, Urmila Devi Sood, or 'Urmilaji.' In dialogue with Kirin Narayan, Urmilaji Sood supplements her tales with interpretations of the wisdom that she perceives in them. In turn, Kirin Narayan sets these tales within a larger story about the joys and ironies of undertaking research in a village that is also home to her American mother.
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