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The Ramayana Revisited$
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Mandakranta Bose

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195168327

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195168321.001.0001

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The Rāmāyaṇa Theme in the Visual Arts of South and Southeast Asia

The Rāmāyaṇa Theme in the Visual Arts of South and Southeast Asia

(p.335) 14 The Rāmāyaṇa Theme in the Visual Arts of South and Southeast Asia
The Ramayana Revisited

Mandakranta Bose (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the theme of the Rāmāyaṇa in the visual arts of South and Southeast Asia. The theme has captivated the minds and imagination of people across a vast geographical area extending from West Asia to Southeast Asia and East Asia. Above all, there is the phenomenon of the amazing tenacity of the oral traditions which has facilitated the survival and continuance of the traditions of the Rāmāyaṇa in contemporary Asia. Even when the theme seems to run dry, it never dies, for the oral tradition sustains it. The oral tradition has also supported, supplemented, and complemented the traditions of the written word and of art.

Keywords:   visual arts, West Asia, Southeast Asia, contemporary Asia, written word, art

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