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PART I NATURE OF ORALITY AND METHODS OF TRANSMISSION 1. Orality and its Complexity - Baidyanath Saraswati 2. The World of Orality - Nicole Revel 3. Saveen: Singers and Performance Context -Molly Kaushal 4. The Transmission of Bhojpuri Epics towards Nepal and Bengal: Oral Performance and Selling of Chapbooks Editions - Catherine Servan-Schreiber 5. The Manipuri Folk Epic Khamba-Thoibi: Origin, Growth, Transmission, and Customary Laws - S. Sanatombi PART II COMPOSITION AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONTEXT 6. Mopin Myth: An Ecological Epic -A.K. Das 7. The Golden Vine: Chanted Narratives from the Land of the Seven Huts - Desmond L. Kharmawphlang 8. The Dayak Epics of Second Burial -KMA M. Usop 9. The Tamil Epic: Mathurai Veeraswami Kathai - Sheila Asirvatham 10. Oral Epics in Kalahandi -Mahendra Kumar Mishra 11. Scroll Narratives of Andhra Pradesh - Bittu Venkateswarlu 12. Burrakatha: A Telugu Folk Narrative of Andhra Pradesh in History and Performance - Daniel Negers 13. The Hero and His Context: The Oral Narrative of Kaba and Baji -Ajay Dandekar 14. The Ambivalence of Power: Representations of Women in the Oral Epic of Devnarayan -Aditya Malik PART III PERFORMERS, PERFORMANCE AND AUDIENCE 15. The Pandav Lila of Uttarakhand - William S. Sax 16. Pandava Dance: A Performance for Life -Richa Negi 17. Loriki and its Singers - S.M. Pandey 18. Rajula Malushahi: The Oral Epic (Ballad) of Kumaon -Mohan Upreti 19. The Role of Audience in Balochi Sher Singing - Sabir Badalkhan 20. Verbal Narratives: Performance and Gender of the Padma Purana - Nabin Chandra Sarma 21. Gender, Genre and Narrative: Case of Junjappa Epic - T.N. Shankaranarayana 22. Performance Situation of the Khamba-Thoibi Folk Epic - M. Mani Meitei PART IV REGIONAL AND CULTURAL DIMENSIONS 23. Ne?ali Oral Epic: Ramayana - C.M. Bandhu 24. Important Locations (Villages) and Verbal Narratives Associated with Princess Sita in the Central Hills of Sri Lanka -H.M.D.R. Herath Visuais List of Contributors