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Many Ramayanas:the diversity of a narrative tradition in South Asia by
Call Number: e-book
Publication Date: 1991-08-29
The contributors to this volume focus on these'many'Ramayanas.While most scholars continue to rely on Valmiki's Sanskrit Ramayana as the authoritative version of the tale, the contributors to this volume do not. Their essays demonstrate the multivocal nature of the Ramayana by highlighting its variations according to historical period, political context, regional literary tradition, religious affiliation, intended audience, and genre. Socially marginal groups in Indian society—Telugu women, for example, or Untouchables from Madhya Pradesh—have recast the Rama story to reflect their own views of the world, while in other hands the epic has become the basis for teachings about spiritual liberation or the demand for political separatism. Historians of religion, scholars of South Asia, folklorists, cultural anthropologists—all will find here refreshing perspectives on this tale.
Handbook of Hindu Mythology by
Call Number: BL1111.4 .W55 2008
Publication Date: 2008-03-11
andbook of Hindu Mythology offers an informative introduction to this dauntingly complex mythology of multifaceted deities, lengthy heroic tales, and arcane philosophies-all with a 3,000-year history of reinterpretations and adaptations. Williams offers a number of pathways by which to approach Hinduism's ever-changing gods and goddesses (e.g., Brahma, Vishnu, Siva), spiritual verses (such as the vedas), secular epics (including the Ramayana and the Mahabharata), myths within myths, devotional and esoteric traditions, psychic and yogic disciplines, and magical practices.
Hindu Myths by
Call Number: BL2001.2 .H56 2004
Publication Date: 2004-09-28
A selection of myths involving the Creation and some of the most important Hindu deities, translated from the Rg Veda, the Mahabharata and Ramayana epics, the Brahmanas, and the Puranas.
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