Rāvaṇa's First Defeat: The Puppeteers' Oral Commentary

Stuart Blackburn

in Inside the Drama-House

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 1996 | ISBN: 9780520202054
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916807 | DOI:
Rāvaṇa's First Defeat: The Puppeteers' Oral Commentary

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This chapter describes the oral commentary for the shadow puppet play performance of Kampan's text, which spins auxiliary stories and quotations around the text to place it within a wider frame of reference, focusing on the commentary of the episode concerning the first defeat of Rāvana. It suggests that the individual verses in Kampan's text serve as stepping stones to the wider world of Rāma stories from which his text derives.

Keywords: shadow puppet play; oral commentary; Kampan; Rāvana's defeat; Rāma stories

Chapter.  15692 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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