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Author : Sandhya Rao
Illustrator : Uma Krishnaswamy
When the people beg a lazy god to find land, he goes to the astrologer for help. A zany story from the Bhilalas of central India, with pictures based on original mud-wall paintings.
2000: Excellence in Publishing, Federation of Indian Publishers
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|Specifications||28 pages; 10.5” x 8.5”; full colour; soft cover|
|Awards||2000: Excellence in Publishing, Federation of Indian Publishers|
|Tags||creation story, mythology, creation myth, folk tale, how the earth was created, adventure, wall painting|
It has been a bit of a wait but this favourite Tulika hardback is now on the shelves as an attractive paperback! And Land Was Born is a story from the Bhilala tribe who live in central India. The fantasy element in the story reflects the unfettered nature of the oral tradition. This book brings together picture and word in the spirit of that freedom and celebration. In the beginning, the Bhilalas believe, there was only water. The harassed and wet subjects beg their lazy god to create land so that they can get dry and stay that way. Poor god is put to all sorts of trouble before this wish can be granted.