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Documenting Oral Traditions: Methodological Reflections

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This chapter presents some methodological reflections concerning the contribution of cultural anthropology and linguistics to the documentation and analysis of full cultural, religious, social, economic, and historical contexts of oral traditions. These methodological reflections were fundamental to the research into oral traditions in the Tibetanspeaking areas of Northwestern India as carried out mainly by Veronika Hein and to a small degree by the author. This is preceded by a short discussion of August Hermann Francke's and Giuseppe Tucci's pioneering research in Spiti and upper Kinnaur in the first half of the 20th century and their respective methodologies.

Keywords: August Hermann Francke; cultural anthropology; Giuseppe Tucci; linguistics; methodological reflections; oral traditions; Spiti; Tibetanspeaking areas; upper Kinnaur



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