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Seven Days of Nectar: Contemporary Oral Performance of the Bhagavatapurana

McComas Taylor


The thousand-year-old Sanskrit classic the Bhāgavatapurāṇa, or “Stories of the Lord,” is the foundational source of narratives concerning the beloved Hindu deity Kṛṣṇa. For centuries, pious individuals, families, and community groups have engaged specialist scholar-orators to give week-long oral performances based on this text. Seated on a dais in front of the audience, the orator intones selected Sanskrit verses from the Bhāgavatapurāṇa and narrates the story of Kṛṣṇa in the local language. These sacred performances bring blessings and good fortune to those who sponsor, perform, or attend the ... More

Keywords: Sanskrit, Bhāgavatapurāṇa, Hindu, Kṛṣṇa, week-long, oral performance, religious practice, performance theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190611910
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190611910.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

McComas Taylor, author
Associate Professor, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University