Literature and Humanistic Values: The Roots Are as Important as Wings


Literature and Humanistic Values: The Roots Are as Important as Wings

P. Venu Gopal

P. Venu Gopal "Literature and Humanistic Values: The Roots Are as Important as Wings" Published in International Journal of Trend in Research and Development (IJTRD), ISSN: 2394-9333, Special Issue | IHVLE-18 , March 2018, URL: http://www.ijtrd.com/papers/IJTRD16089.pdf

Knowledge comes to us through different sources. Literature is one of these sources. The aim of this brief article is to explore the role of literature in enabling us to acquire knowledge and also in inculcating humanistic values. Literature is an integral part of human civilization. Hence its origin goes back to the origin of human culture. The early man expressed himself through speech and narration. These forms of compositions are termed oral narratives. Though they are considered less prestigious than written compositions, they are significant bodies of narratives because they contain some of our important sources of knowledge and these are significant components of our culture and civilisation. For instance, these narratives are in the forms of songs, myths, legends, tales and they deal with important domains such as epics, history, law, politics and religion. Needless to say, the Vedas were in the oral form. That is the reason why they were called shruthis meaning they were meant to be heard.

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Special Issue | IHVLE-18 , March 2018

2394-9333

IJTRD16089