The Drama Unfolds: Tuluva Myth and Ritual in its Western Stage

Peter J Claus


In the annual siri rituals, hundreds of women sing the story of siriĀ  and become possessed by the siri spirits. The ritual performance is regarded as curative. This article makes an attempt to study and analyze this oral text highlighting how the Anthropologist and the Folklorist approach the text and performance, and the difference between textual analysis and performance analysis. This also attempts to contrast the two academic approaches to the study of kinds of oral textual traditions that exist in ritual contexts.

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