Demon Slayers and Other Stories, The
Bengali Folk Tales
collected and written by Sayantani DasGupta and Shamita Das Dasgupta
5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 224 pages • b&w illus.
" ... the tales are interesting, admonitory, and illustrative of generations-old mores and roles — especially women's roles. " — Choice
This volume is a collection of Bengali folk tales. Among the stories of princes, devata (deities) and bloodthirsty rashash (demons), stories of women's lives and images emerge. Women and their goddesses bring to life not only the nurturing Bengali motherland itself, but: Uma, the daughter and potential wife; Parvati, the young bride and potential mother; Kali, the mother at her most fearsome, who can take life, as well as create it; and Durga, the Divine Protectress and slayer of demons.
The 20 tales and nine poems in this anthology give the reader a fascinating insight into the oral literature and rich culture of Bengal, the region now comprising of West Bengal in India, and Bangladesh.
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