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The Ramayana Revisited

Mandakranta Bose

Abstract

While the “standard” version of the Rāmāyana is a 14th-century Sanskrit text by Valmiki, the diversity and adaptability of this narrative are extraordinary. Many regions and languages have their own versions of the tale that they consider authoritative. In addition, the basic tale of the Rāmāyana is continually adapted to new contexts, forms, and media. It is, in one form or another, read, recited, sung, danced, and acted. Yet the vast majority of scholarship on the Rāmāyana has dealt exclusively with the textual editions, and mainly with Valmiki's Sanskrit version. This book examines the epic ... More

Keywords: Sanskrit, Valmiki, Southeast Asia, South Asia, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, epic, narrative

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195168327
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195168321.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mandakranta Bose, editor
University of British Columbia
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