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On The Handling Of The Meat And Related Matters: Two South Indian Buffalo Sacrifices

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This chapter presents a comparison of two regional oral martial epics from non-adjacent areas of south India, on opposite sides of the Western Ghats. It discusses the Tulu Koti -Cennaya Paddana, which its similarities and dissimilarities to the Tamil Elder Brothers Story, provides a kind of test case for the study of India's regional oral martial epics. In being about twins, a sister and a boar hunt, besides having a few other things in common, the story of Koti and Cennaya from South Kanara District in Karnataka and the Elder Brothers Story from the Kongu and Trichy areas of Tamil Nadu bear obvious similarities. On the matter of the twins and the boar, comparison between the Palnad and Kongunad epics ceases. What is distinctive about 'Koti and Cennaya' within the multi-story Paddana tradition is that the Billavas supply the chief martial heroes within the genre.

Keywords:boar; Kongunad epic; oral martial epics; Palnad epic; Tamil Elder Brothers Story; Trichy areas; Tulu Koti-Cennaya Paddana



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