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Nectar Gaze and Poison Breath: An Analysis and Translation of the Rajasthani Oral Narrative of Devnarayan

Aditya Malik


This book provides a study of the oral narrative of Shri Devnārāyan along with the first English translation of this popular Rajasthani folk narrative. The narrative extolling the deeds of Lord Devnārāyan is performed by itinerant singers during all night vigils in front of a 9-meter long, elaborately painted cloth scroll that depicts scenes and characters from the story. The book uses the narrative to explore and ask a range of questions relevant to the study of Indian folk culture and Hinduism as a whole: How is orality conceptualized and practiced? What is the relationship between spoken an ... More

Keywords: Shri Devnārāyan, Rajasthani, narrative, oral, story, Indian folk culture, Hinduism, spoken word, visual image

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195150193
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195150198.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aditya Malik, author
University of Canterbury, N.Z.
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