Tapoi Katha: A Reconstruction of History Through an Odia Folk Travel Narrative


Considering the question of non-European travels and to rediscover a history on the least explored problematic of Intra-Asian travel by South Asian communities, it is important to both investigate this variety within their particular traditions and histories, and also work towards constructing larger theoretical paradigms that emerge out of the specificities of intra-Asian travel which will obviously provoke discussions on a wide variety of modalities of travel, i.e.: activities ranging from pilgrimages to travel songs to labour and trader migrations to political reportage within Asia. This paper aims to respond to questions regarding the studies on accounts of travel in primordial Odia folk narratives of origins and nomadic peregrinations which has its own cultural history and tries to explore the specific modes, motives, motifs and conditions that propel travel within an intra-Asian geography and to commemorate the then overseas glories, how one such folk tale, the Odia ‘Tapoi legend’ sung during ‘Khudurukuni Osa’ and many other folklores, traditions and rituals are created and continued since the glorious maritime history and trading culture of Odisha portraying the medieval Kalingans’ great expertise in sea voyage and trade links and commercial as well as cultural relationship across the south-east islands. Thus this paper also highlights the interrelation amongst Asian cultures and the continuation of customs based on the history of a (Odia) culture.

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Supriya Subhadarsini Sahoo, Central University of Karnataka, India

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Conference: ECAH2017
Stream: Humanities - Literature/Literary Studies*

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