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Nectar Gaze and Poison BreathAn Analysis and Translation of the Rajasthani Oral Narrative of Devnarayan$
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Aditya Malik

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195150193

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195150198.001.0001

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Verbal Narrative

Verbal Narrative

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Nectar Gaze and Poison Breath

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This chapters examines the categories of performance, remembrance and memory, song and declamatory chant, repetition, dialogue, and reported speech. All of these features build the context for the communicative act of telling and listening to the oral narrative. Taken together, they also form the framework for the “reason” why the narrative is told, which is to elicit the presence of Devnārāyan. Thus the notion of “text” (both oral and visual) is bound to a larger context. As is not the case of the written text, neither the oral nor the visual narrative exist as self-contained objects.

Keywords:   Devnārāyan, oral narrative, performance, remembrance, song, declamatory chant, repetition, dialogue, speech

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