In this essay, I illuminate rhetorical dimensions of storytelling as soul-tuning in Valmiki's Ramayana. I explore how the story's historical, reflexive, and paratactic rhetoric invites experiencing it not just as Rama's story, but as the telling of Rama's story. The telling is the tuner of the soul, as it creates an indelible impression on human memory of divine revelation.
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Mifsud, Mari Lee. "Storytelling as Soul-Tuning: The Ancient Rhetoric of Valmiki's Ramayana." In Ancient Non-Greek Rhetoric, edited by Roberta Binkley and Carol Lipson, 223-39. West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press, 2009.