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Wendy Doniger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199360079

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.001.0001

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Impermanence and Eternity in Hindu Epic, Art and Performance 1

Impermanence and Eternity in Hindu Epic, Art and Performance 1

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(p.508) (p.509) Impermanence and Eternity in Hindu Epic, Art and Performance1
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On Hinduism
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Wendy Doniger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.003.0036

This chapter examines permanence, impermanence, and eternity in Hindu epic, art and performance. It begins with an overview of Sanskrit classics such as the Rig Veda and the Mahabharata, as well as the distinction between oral and written texts. It then considers the Hindus’ awareness of the relationship between shruti (the Vedic canon), “that which is heard,” and smriti (the later dharma traditions), “that which is remembered.”

Keywords:   permanence, impermanence, epic, art, performance, Sanskrit classics, Rig Veda, Mahabharata, shruti, smriti

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