Brenda BeckApr 30, 2021
Land of the Golden River
The Medieval Tamil Folk Epic of Poṉṉivaḷa Nāḍu
Friesen Press 2021
This podcast features Brenda Beck’s lifelong work on the Tamil folk epic Ponnivala. In addition to her forthcoming new English translation of the epic (“Land of the Golden River”), we also discuss her 1982 study of the epic The Three Twins (now open-access), her full color graphic novel of the epic (available in Tamil and English), and her 13-hour animated video of the epic. The interview discusses the significance of folks traditions in understanding Indian religions, along with the power of narrative to encapsulate religious themes.
Raj Balkaran is a scholar, educator, consultant, and life coach. For information see rajbalkaran.com.