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One day when Rama was sitting on his throne, his ring fell off. Oppositional tellings of the Ramayana also emerged from the colonial context in South Asia, as Clinton Seely’s paper about Michael Madhusudan Dutt shows. Although less popular than Valmiki in South Asia, this telling has had substantial influence on the Ramayana tradition in Southeast Asia. Thus mqny opening sections of each major work set into motion the harmonics of the whole poem, presaging themes and a pattern of images.

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The daughter of Surpanakha the demoness whom Rama and Laksmana had mutilated years earlier in the forest is waiting in the wings to take revenge on Sita, whom she views as finally responsible for her mother’s disfigurement.

Particular groups at particular times in history develop an elective affinity for specific characters. Ramasami’s interpretation of the Ramayana rramayanas a mocking and dismissive way. In Kampan, Ahalya realizes she is doing wrong but cannot let go of the forbidden joy; the poem has also suggested earlier that her sage-husband is all spirit, details which together add a certain psychological subtlety to the seduction. A Comparative Study Madras: Beginning with the low grass and the creeping ant with nothing whatever, he took everything in his city, everything moving, everything still, he took everything, everything born of the lord richkan four faces, he ramwyanas them all to the very best of states.

Sounds fascinating, from a discussion on Sepia Mutiny about variety is Dussehra rituals, and what the struggle between Rama and Ravana signifies. The Diversity of the Ramayana Tradition. You didn’t spare your wife. Like most of the major characters in the story, Ravana psula usually depicted as the embodiment, descendant, or assistant of one of the Hindu gods, generally one not in particularly good favor with the tellers of the tale.


Desai, Hinduism in Thai Life Bombay: She saw rsmayanas face reflected in them ninefold and so called him Dasamukha, or the Ten- faced One. Daniel Smith, and Sandra Zagarell for their comments and suggestions. In the past, many performances of the Ramayana have been sponsored by those in political power, but never before ramajanas a Ramayana perfonnance been seen simultaneously by such a huge audience through a medium which so clearly presented itself as authoritative.

richmam Oxford University Press, ; V. Could you please elaborate? Sita argues with him. Many people responded to the image of Rama on the television screen as if it were an icon in a temple. The compassionate Laksmana leaves her alive in the forest, though, and brings back the heart of a deer as witness to the execution.

Come then, Rama, to the ashram of the holy sage and save Ahalya who has the beauty of a goddess. The queen of that kingdom is in love with him and sends him her messenger; he uses her knowledge of the fort to breach it and defeat the king.

In Indian exegesis as well as tellings, the diversity of Ramayana tradition makes itself kn own. Similarly, several characters in the Kerala puppet play express the anger of those low in the social hierarchy against those in positions of power and decision making.

Sarah Holz rated it it was amazing Jan 22, Siva gives him a magic mango and asks him how he would share it with his wife. Anita SakhardandeHinds rated it really liked it Mar 26, In India and in Southeast Asia, no one ever reads the Ramayana or the Mahabharata for the first time.

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They may be influenced, for example, by the beliefs of individual religious communities, the literary conventions of regional cultures, and the specific configurations of social relations. In another tradition of the Jaina RamayanasSita is his daughter, although he does not know it: She tried various ways to cultivate his taste for the higher things in life but he just wasn’t interested.

That’s what happens when you really listen to a story, especially ramayaas the Ramayana. Having cursed Indra, he then cursed Ahalya: In rihcman latter, Ravana is a noble hero fated by his karma to fall for Sita and bring death upon himself, while he is in other texts an overweening demon.


Many Ramayanas: The Diversity of a Narrative Tradition in South Asia

Cornell University Press, It was not just that people watched the show: They are unhappy and childless. It was great Gautama’s, this ashram that reminds you of heaven, worshiped even by the gods. Clearly, the significance of the Ramayana goes beyond specific texts to encompass twin processes that lie at the heart of culture. But continuing rumors questioning his wife’s chastity cause Rama to banish Sitawho is now pregnantfrom his kingdom.

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For example, Sanskrit Rama becomes Hindi Ram. They said to Rama, “We want to talk privately with you. When I actually analyzed his reading of the story of Rama, however, I found much of it strikingly compelling and coherent if viewed in light of his anti-North Indian ideology. I am grateful to Raman for giving us his essay and to each contributor for the many revisions made to ensure the overall coherence of the volume.

The encounter with Ahalya is only the first in a series, ending with Rama’s encounter with Ravana the demon himself. Princeton University Press, ], x.

He is noble, learned, earns all his magical powers and weapons through austerities tapasand is ricmhan devotee of Jaina masters. Its characters have been the subjects of worship, and the events that the story recounts have been associated with famous places that mark the geography of various locales. Now, is there a common core to the Rama stories, except the most skeletal set of relations like that of Rama, his brother, his wife, and the antagonist Ravana who abducts her? Sujatha Koduvayur rated it really liked it Jan 08, Vikas Lather rated it really liked it Nov 07, When she throws it in the yard, it sprouts and grows into a tall mango tree.

I appreciate the institutional support provided by William Stoever at Western Washington University during the summer of Now, increasingly, the story is being told in the West as well.