Live Storytelling Online: “The Story of Astikā”
at 4 PM EDT All Week
When a wandering monk finds all his ancestors hanging upside down from a blade of grass in a cave, how do they persuade him to leave the monastic life and start a family? By telling him the history of the universe, of course…as a rat gnaws steadily at the grasses that hold them aloft. This week we’re going to explore “The Story of Astikā,” a tale from the ancient Hindu epic known as The Mahbharata. Please join in if you are so inspired—the link is below. All the best!
Note: my tellings of these tales are intended for all-ages audiences. However these are full-spectrum stories, and as such they contain many adult issues-- if they didn't, they wouldn't be as nourishing for the soul! I tend to glide over these adult elements without dwelling on them, in a way that I think works well. If you'd like a preview of what my storytelling is like, you can find many recordings on the podcast page of this website.
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