Oral Traditions

Oral Traditions

Every Soul has its Song of Life!

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Spread the love           There is a tribe in central Africa, some say it is the Himba Tribe, while some say it is the Ubuntu Tribe, which have a unique tradition. When a woman wants to become a mother, she recluses herself from the tribe and goes to stay in the forest. She stays amongst nature and […]


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The Girl Who Married a Stranger

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Spread the love           Tutu recounts a popular folktale from the Calabar region of Nigeria. It’s about a stunning young woman, Afiong. She had bright eyes and velvety smooth skin, the colour of the deepest golden honey. She was also tall and carried herself with poise and grace. But, she was vain and turned down several marriage […]


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Osun: The River Goddess of Africa

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Spread the love           The Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove is situated along the Osun River in the city of Osogbo and is a UNESCO world heritage site. Here, a statue of the goddess Osun stands by the river with her arms outstretched as if to welcome visitors to her forest. Since ancient times, worshippers arrive at the Osun […]


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A Year of Musings: Recounting the Bhagavatam in 2017; the Story Continues

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Spread the love            Srimad Bhagavatam skillfully combines all the aspects of creation, where the divine in various forms create, preserve and annihilate only to transform and create again. A close look at the stories can trigger amazing insights that still has many bearings to our daily life, says Nilanjana, our columnist for more than a […]


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Murshidabad: A Land of Grandiose Monuments of the Bengal Nawabs – Day Two

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Spread the love            Murshidabad, the land of the Nawabs of Bengal, is a must-see for history buffs and those who love grandiose monuments. The architectural beauty, despite ravages of time and utter neglect, speaks of an opulence of a bygone era. Here’s the second and final part of the two-day trip of Anumita, with her family. She tells us […]


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Murshidabad: Where the Bengal Nawabs Dwelled-Day One

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Spread the love            Murshidabad, known for the Nawabs of Bengal, had a Mughal background. It was also the place, which witnessed the famous Battle of Plassey (about 47kms. from Murshidabad). British victory, Robert Clive, changed the role of the British at Plessey in Bengal. This battle played a crucial turning point in the history of India. It was […]


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Malathy was pushed out to the Streets to eke out a Living after a Mill Shutdown

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Spread the love             A matriculate, Malathy used to work in a garment mill for seven years after she got married. But, the mill shut down and she had to stop working. Now, she sells towels and hankies on a pavement of Chennai. Shail talks to her during her working hours and documents a slice of oral history. She is among […]


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Holi: Folklores, Festivity and Fertility

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Spread the love           Holi, the spring festival, has several folklores associated with it. It’s celebrated for 40 days in Kullu, when devotees play Holi with Ram. The tradition continues for five centuries now. Shiva and Parvati are associated with this festival. Ram played Holi with Sita. There are numerous tales of Radha-Krishna and Holi. Here’s an in-depth report by […]


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…And God Played Hide and Seek in Guptipara

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Spread the love           Sisir brings alive the magic and mystery of Guptipara. Here God played hide and seek with his devotee, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He unfolds the story of a village situated in the confluence of history, mystery and myths. Here’s an in-depth report. Villages and towns flowing in time, along the river banks, have countless stories woven […]


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