Uprooting the Religion and Romance through the Colonization of Folklore: A Critical Analysis of Selected Punjabi Folk Narratives

Shiraz Ahmed (University of Gujrat, Punjab, Pakistan)

The study explores the treatment of selected Punjabi folklore collected, translated, and published by a British colonial administrator named Richard Carnac Temple and a missionary named Charles Swynnerton in their books The Legends of the Panjab (Vol I, II, & III) and Romantic Tales from the Punjab to interject new exotic/oriental images to European cultural imaginary. Under the pretext of collection and preservation of folklore, they seem to have tried to uproot the indigenous Punjabi values of the folklore through the praxis of epistemic violence on the text of the selected folktales and legends.

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