Oral Tradition & Locked Myths

Paarsurrey says:

I think this has happened with the Hindu scriptures, with OT, with NT and with the Buddhist scriptures; the original word revealed to the original recipient of revelation has got buried under the debris of time.

Triangulations

As I have read various retellings of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, I have seen two important traits they share:

  1.  The Extras & Oral Tradition:  The epics are huge, and it is not the main story that fascinates me but all the side stories and morals. Super condensed version tend to exclude these. The extras get attached over the thousands of years the stories evolved in oral tradition.
  2. The Retellings & Fixed Agendas:  Even to this day, people continue writing “re-tellings” of the two epics. And reading these retellings. one can clearly see how myths are flexible enough to absorb political, sexual, tribal and religious agendas. This is different from te the Christian scriptures which became a fixed canon (anthology) by law in the 300s AD,   At first I thought that this was perhaps an evil side-effect of the printed word — once written, people were…

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