The end of the project

by Naomi

We have both really enjoyed working on this project, and particularly welcomed the responses from our lovely blog audience. The project is now drawing to a close and we have two announcements to make:

Firstly, we will be holding a special event in Cardiff on 27th June, in which we are teaming up with storyteller Steve Killick to share some of our research with a wider audience. The event is called How to Live a Good Life: Tales of Kings and Sages in Ancient India. If you happen to be in South Wales at the end of June do please join us – the event is free to attend and you can book your place through eventbrite here.

Secondly, my research monograph is now with the press, and should be published late this year or early next. It is called Shared Characters in Jain, Buddhist and Hindu Narrative: Gods, Kings and Other Heroes and will be published by Routledge in the series Dialogues in South Asian Traditions: Religion, Philosophy, Literature and History edited by Brian Black and Laurie Patton.

We won’t be using this blog very often anymore, but will leave it here as a reference resource.

I will continue blogging on so if you are interested in hearing more about my research then please sign up to follow that site.

2 thoughts on “The end of the project

  1. bethaniagarden

    Thanks to the three of you (the law of threes) for last night at Cardiff. I was along with my wife and although I haven’t been particularly interested in this subject before I found it to be very entertaining and very interesting. I was particularly struck on how stories have traveled through time across continents, cultures and religions essentially unchanged with their message. I will now try and read more in this subject, perhaps not scholarly tomes (I am a retired engineer) but something a bit lighter. Thanks again

    1. naomiappleton Post author

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on our event – we’re delighted to hear you found it interesting and fun! There are some nice accessible collections of early Indian stories available from Penguin Classics, for example the “Five and Twenty Tales of the Genie” is a translation by Chandra Rajan of some tales from the Vikram collection (with which we began the evening), Phyllis Granoff has translated a selection of Jain tales (including that of Prince Addaya) under the title “The Forest of Thieves and the Magic Garden”, and Sarah Shaw has published a selection of tales of the past lives of the Buddha called “The Jatakas: Birth Stories of the Buddha”.


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