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Hanuman's TaleThe Messages of a Divine Monkey$
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Philip Lutgendorf

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309225

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309225.001.0001

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A Reader's Guide to the Hanumāyana

A Reader's Guide to the Hanumāyana

(p.177) 5 A Reader's Guide to the Hanumāyana
Hanuman's Tale

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This chapter provides annotations for each of the forty tales recounted in the previous chapter. These notes trace, when possible, the literary history of each story, examine significant interpretations and variants on it, and provide relevant contextual information, e.g., on the Hindu time scheme of cyclically recurring epochs or yugas. A final section proposes that the complete “biographical” corpus of Hanuman tales may be understood, in part, as an idealized human life-narrative.

Keywords:   folklore, mythology, yugas, literary history, Hindu time scheme, human life-narrative

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