Women in Hydromythology: A Discourse on the Representation of Tradition and Counter Tradition in South Indian Folklore

P.S. Kanaka Durga

Abstract


By discussing the structural analysis of the narrative of Musalamma tradition, this article attempts to describe the socio-cultural and psychological aspects of narrative and show the existence of women in society who offer stubborn resistance to the long cherished value system besides the women who abide the rules of the male dominated society. This further tries to examine how the surface structure and deep structure of the tale unfold the voice of the marginalised challenging the hegemony of the dominant traditions, which represent their ‘selves’ as righteous and the ‘others’ as unrighteous or inferior.

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