Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Sita Narrative about the Ramayana

        The telling of Sita was too long to include Damsel Overcome, so I decided to use a telling style in the chant to refresh about the characters for the listeners, who heard the epic over 10 the months. 

🙍 All the myths I read are about a male and his battle with the demon, and their battle to be the winner. Joan of Arc got burnt for her efforts. Mary and Jesus, she is a virgin as is the mother of Budda and even Rama's mother given sacred grains and here comes Rama and his brothers. So on and on we go with the woman second. Really the damsel has power, strength, and clever tricks to overcome the demons and suppression. Sita's curse from another life is Daemon Ravana's death. He did touch her to put her in his chariot. That fact slips in the story!

In the South Gallery at that time was a large paper wall hanging crudely drawn by women who worked, describing the life of Sita, the faithful, pure wife. The drawings of this type were gifts to a bridge at a wedding. I was intrigued and noted what scenes were there --- marriage to Rama, her capture, throwing of jewels, in the garden all about Sita! I think the battles drawn to the sides in the background. Now, I wished I had taken a photo.

Solution, Sita as a damsel is the solution, death of a greedy human daemon.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Damsels Overcome

 My next book -- DAMSELS OVERCOME

I've been writing about folktale that inspired me, and I have enhanced, adapted, and re-image into a female narratives only to discover -- my deception. All tradition tales between 12th to 18th century were written in male voices that dominated in traditional literature, even today to keep that norm. 

Selected are folktales from my child readings and adult tellings, which influence my thinking ‘women are the servers, helpless, evil, hysterical, not worthy, the weaker sex’ was the truth and shaped my reality. The powers the females in the selected stories in Damsels Overcome reveal skills used to survive. Included are bits of my beliefs as a child, young adult, and the insights of the old crone about the traditional norms included in folktales and legends. Men are also the victims of these norms.

Would you read my draft to see if I proved my point? 

Or, watch for pre-sales on Amazon on

Or, read the stories on this website under heading Damsels Overcome.