Storytellers, Saints, and Scoundrels

Supplements eight folk narratives with discussion of audience participation and response as well as relevant Hindu themes.

Storytellers, Saints, and Scoundrels
Folk Narrative in Hindu Religious Teaching

Kirin Narayan

1989 | 304 pages | Cloth $39.95 | Paper $26.50
Anthropology | Religion
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
A Note on Transliteration

Introduction

I. ORIENTATIONS
1. There's Always a Reason
2. Lives and Stories
3. Sadhus
4. The Listeners

II. STORYTELLING OCCASIONS
5. Loincloths and Celibacy
6. False Gurus and Gullible Disciples
7. Death and Laughter
8. Heaven and Hell
9. The Divine Storyteller

III. CONCLUSIONS
10. The World of the Stories
11. Storytelling as Religious Teaching

Epilogue

Appendices
1. Glossary of Commonly Used Hindi Terms
2. Map of India

Notes
Bibliography
Index