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Textualising the Siri Epic (Folklore Fellows' Communications, 264)

Lauri Honko

Published by Academia Scientiarum Fennica, 1998
ISBN 10: 9514108132 / ISBN 13: 9789514108136
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Title: Textualising the Siri Epic (Folklore Fellows...

Publisher: Academia Scientiarum Fennica

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Fine

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695 p. Includes: illustrations, index, bibliography. How does an illiterate singer produce a long oral epic? What is the origin of his "text", available only for a fleeting moment at its performance? How can a multifaceted oral performance be transformed into a book? The primary oral textualisation and the secondary written codification of the Siri epic, 15, 683 lines, are described in detail in the present volume on the basis of recent fieldwork among the speakers of Tulu, a Dravidian language, in southern Karnataka, India. The "oral author", Mr Gopala Naika, is one of the many talented singers of oral epics in Tulunaadu and a possession priest in rituals which use oral epics as their mythical charter and a source of mental therapy. Bookseller Inventory # 9514108132FIN032816

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