Bea Lundt


Variants of The Seven Sages cycle of tales have circulated through centuries and across three continents. During its dissemination, the narrative has undergone numerous alterations and reinterpretations, particularly when seen through the lens of religion, gender politics, and “East” vs. “West.” Developments in the areas of postcolonial and gender studies open up new ways of reading and interpreting these variants, allowing for a more fluid and multifaceted view and refusing the dominant understanding as misogynist. This in turn reflects the mores of the societies in which these variants were created and received.