Seven Days of Nectar: Contemporary Oral Performance of the Bhagavatapurana by Mccomas TaylorSeven Days of Nectar: Contemporary Oral Performance of the Bhagavatapurana by Mccomas Taylor

Seven Days of Nectar: Contemporary Oral Performance of the Bhagavatapurana

byMccomas Taylor

Hardcover | August 15, 2016

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The thousand-year-old Sanskrit classic the Bhagavatapurana, or "Stories of the Lord," is the foundational source of narratives concerning the beloved Hindu deity Krishna. For centuries pious individuals, families, and community groups have engaged specialist scholar-orators to give week-longoral performances based on this text. Seated on a dais in front of the audience, the orator intones selected Sanskrit verses from the text and narrates the story of Krishna in the local language. These sacred performances are thought to bring blessings and good fortune to those who sponsor, perform,or attend them. Devotees believe that the narratives of Krishna are like the nectar of immortality for those who can appreciate them.In recent years, these events have grown in number, scale, and popularity. Once confined to private homes or temple spaces, contemporary performances now fill vast public arenas, such as sports stadiums, and attract live audiences in the tens of thousands while being simulcast around the world. InSeven Days of Nectar, McComas Taylor uncovers the factors that contribute to the explosive growth of this tradition. He explores these events through the lens of performance theory, integrating the text with the intersecting worlds of sponsors, exponents and audiences.This innovative approach, which draws on close textual reading, philology, and ethnography, casts new light on the ways in which narratives are experienced as authentic and transformative, and more broadly, how texts shape societies.
McComas Taylor is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at The Australian National University.
Title:Seven Days of Nectar: Contemporary Oral Performance of the BhagavatapuranaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019061191X

ISBN - 13:9780190611910