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Oral Traditions and Folklore
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The vital importance of oral traditions and their expression in various genres – both classical and folk – within Hindu religious thought and practice cannot be emphasized enough. While undoubtedly there has been a proliferation of written texts in Sanskrit and other regional languages in South Asia, there has been an equally pervasive spread of oral narra…

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Malik, Aditya, “Oral Traditions and Folklore”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 19 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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