Ramanajun wrote in the preface of his book Folktales from India:
(Ramanajun 1991, pp. xxx-xxxi)Stories and words not only have weight; they also have wills and rages, and they can take differenet shapes and exact revenge against a person who doesn't tell them and release them into the world.... They are there before any particular teller tells them; they hate it when they are not passed on to others, for they can come into being again and again only in that act of translation. A book such as this is motivated by such a need. If you know a tale, you owe it not only to others but to the tale itself to tell it; otherwise it suffocates.... Traditions have to be kept in good repair, transmitted, or else, beware, such tales seem to say, things will happen to you. You can't hoard them.