Storytellers, saints, and scoundrels : folk narrative in Hindu religious teaching /

Swamiji, a Hindu holy man, is the central character of Storytellers, Saints, and Scoundrels. He reclines in a deck chair in his modern apartment in western India, telling subtle and entertaining folk narratives to his assorted gatherings. Among the listeners is Kirin Narayan, who knew Swamiji when s...

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Author / Creator: Narayan, Kirin.
Format: eBook Electronic
Language notes:This edition in English.
Imprint: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©1989.
Series:Contemporary ethnography series.
Publications of the American Folklore Society. New series (Unnumbered)
Online Access:Click here for full text
Table of Contents:
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgment
  • A Note on Transliteration
  • Introduction
  • 1. There's Always a Reason
  • 2. Lives and Stories
  • 3. Sadhus
  • 4. The Listeners
  • 5. Loincloths and Celibacy
  • 6. False Gurus and Gullible Disciples
  • 7. Death and Laughter
  • 8. Heaven and Hell
  • 9. The Divine Storyteller
  • 10. The World of the Stories
  • 11. Storytelling as Religious Teaching
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix I: Glossary of Commonly Used Hindi Terms
  • Appendix 11: Map of India
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index