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Ramkatha in Oral Narratives and folk performance of Orissa

Mahendra Kumar Mishra, Orissa The number of Ramayanas and the range of their influence in South and South east Asia over the past twenty-five hundred years or more are astonishing. Sanskrit alone contains some twenty five or more tellings belonging to various narrative genres.(epics,Kavya or ornate poetic compositions, puranas or old mythological stories ands forth.) …

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Sacred worldview in tribal memory: sustaining nature through cultural actions

Mahendra K Mishra State Tribal Education Coordinator Orissa, India et’s imagine a tribal habitation without a road. Before the road, no jeep or truck could reach there. No forest contractors, forest officers were in the forest. The worldview of the people was of the forest as eternal as the earth and the universe. Huge resources …

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Influence of the Ramayana Tradition on the Folklore of Central India

Mahendra K Mishra The present study is based mainly on the available folklore material of Central India. While studying it, the influence of the Ramayana tradition upon the indigenous tradition has been noted, and the parochialization of the universal characters of the great epic tradition and its influence on many ethnic groups have also formed …

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Redefining Folklore: From Academic Domain to Public Sphere

Redefining Folklore: From Academic Domain to Public Sphere Mahendra Kumar Mishra 3 In 1989, we conducted a seminar on Gond folklore in a Gondi village. Eighty Gond traditional leaders attended the meeting. Government sanctioned three thousand rupees to our organisation to conduct the seminar. But while attending the seminar, eighty Gond leaders contributed their share …

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