Thursday, 24 April 2014

The Epics as a Reference

The Mahabharata is the final referance point of our village people - the stories they quote from it are sub plots that i had not heard of even. Eashwaramma's son-in-law, almost blind, poorer than poor, holds the people rapt as he tells stories from the Bharatam into the night, sitting on a mat spread before his hut.

Ratnakka tells me, referring to the Mahabharatam, "The gods themselves had to go through all this, what about us humans". The people say as they hear the stories, "what was difficult even for the gods will be difficult for us also ...", and find strength to struggle. 

The truths of this civilization they have found in the eternal epics that they have been enshrined in.


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