"The Legend of Ponnivala" is a vast, ancient epic from the Kongu region of South India, where it is known as the "Annanmar Kathai" or "Elder Brothers' Story." It is the story of three generations of a farming family who through their exploits and the intercession of the Hindu gods rise to become kings of their region. Previously only told orally by bards in the local area, it is surprisingly accurate in its accounts of historical events, and has close ties to the Mahabharata. In Episode 13: The Queen undergoes a long penance. Lord Shiva has her die seven times, then places three magical children in her womb. The couple returns home.
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Anthropologist Dr. Brenda Beck has spent close to fifty years studying this remarkable but little known oral history, and now brings it to audiences around the world through animation, storybooks, and colourful comics. Bards in the Tamil Nadu region of South India have sung The Legend of Ponnivala for centuries. Now, for the first time, this exciting epic is available in print and on DVD from Ponnivala Publishing. Join three generations of a great farming family as they lay the foundations for a new land, facing hunger, rivalry, magic, and monsters.
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