Oral Narratives (Sophomore LA)

Resource: Talking Myths

Talking Myths Project is a curated online archive of myths from across the Indian subcontinent. It provides a platform for anyone, anywhere in the world, who has a myth from the region to share and start a conversation around it…Traditionally myths are oral tales. They are passed down the generations either as a sacred story or as an aphorism and treasured by a community as a valuable source of their heritage. When people migrate, their stories travel with them and over time even if the narratives change their relevance and meaning remain intact. The national and cultural character of India and subcontinent was maintained through such narratives. The Talking Myths Project will attempt to capture and engage with this shared mythological heritage of the region.

http://www.talkingmyths.com

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Oral Narratives (Sophomore LA)

Talking Voices

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From the Mewar Ramayana

Last week we looked at the ways in which myths are created, the origin of creation myths, the archetypes that exist and persist and the binaries that exist within these narratives. But this is one way to look at the myths that surround us. As these myths begin to cross the borders, both physical and emotional, time and space, we begin to wonder how these stories are disseminated. Continue reading

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Oral Narratives (Sophomore LA)

Talking Myths

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Three Aspects of The Absolute (Mehrangarh Museum Trust, 1823)

One of the first questions we ask ourselves when we read a narrative is ‘who is speaking?’ It is important to establish a voice within the stories that we hear because it is the voice that will determine the ways in which the narrative wants to frame itself. But what about the early myths and creation stories?

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