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Rethinking India's oral and classical epics [electronic resource] : Draupad�i among Rajputs, Muslims, and Dalits / Alf Hiltebeitel.

By: Hiltebeitel, Alf.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1999Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 560 p.) : ill., maps.ISBN: 9780226340555 (electronic bk.); 0226340554 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Draupad�i (Hindu mythology) | Mah�abh�arata -- History | Rajput (Indic people) -- Religious life | Dalits -- India -- Religion | Hinduism -- Relations -- Islam | Islam -- Relations -- Hinduism | Mahabharata -- Historia | Rajputs -- Vida religiosa | Intocables -- India -- Religi�on | Islam -- Relaciones -- Hinduismo | Mah�abh�arata -- Histoire | Draupad�i (Mythologie hindoue) | R�ajput (Peuple de l'Inde) -- Vie religieuse | Intouchables -- Inde -- Religion | Hindouisme -- Relations -- Islam | Islam -- Relations -- Hindouisme | RELIGION -- Hinduism -- Sacred Writings | Mondelinge literatuur | Draupad�iGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Rethinking India's oral and classical epics.DDC classification: 294.5/923046 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Oral epics -- The elder brothers and the heroes of Paln�a�du -- The epic of P�ab�uj�i -- Opening �Alh�a -- The nine-l�akh chain -- The story of K�r�s�n�a�m�sa -- Kuruk�setra II -- Time-routes through the K�r�s�n�a�m�sacarita -- Their name is legion -- The ballad of R�aja Desing -- Barbar�ika, Arav�a�n, K�utt�a�n�tavar: furthuring the case of the severed head -- The myth of the Agniva�m�sa -- Draupad�i becomes Bel�a, Bel�a becomes Sat�i.
Summary: Throughout India and Southeast Asia, ancient classical epics--the Mahabharata and the Ramayana--continue to exert considerable cultural influence. Rethinking India's Oral and Classical Epics offers an unprecedented exploration into South Asia's regional epic traditions. Using his own fieldwork as a starting point, Alf Hiltebeitel analyzes how the oral tradition of the south Indian cult of the goddess Draupadi and five regional martial oral epics compare with one another and tie in with the Sanskrit epics. Drawing on literary theory and cultural studies, he reveals the shared subtexts of the Drau.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 513-542) and index.

Oral epics -- The elder brothers and the heroes of Paln�a�du -- The epic of P�ab�uj�i -- Opening �Alh�a -- The nine-l�akh chain -- The story of K�r�s�n�a�m�sa -- Kuruk�setra II -- Time-routes through the K�r�s�n�a�m�sacarita -- Their name is legion -- The ballad of R�aja Desing -- Barbar�ika, Arav�a�n, K�utt�a�n�tavar: furthuring the case of the severed head -- The myth of the Agniva�m�sa -- Draupad�i becomes Bel�a, Bel�a becomes Sat�i.

Throughout India and Southeast Asia, ancient classical epics--the Mahabharata and the Ramayana--continue to exert considerable cultural influence. Rethinking India's Oral and Classical Epics offers an unprecedented exploration into South Asia's regional epic traditions. Using his own fieldwork as a starting point, Alf Hiltebeitel analyzes how the oral tradition of the south Indian cult of the goddess Draupadi and five regional martial oral epics compare with one another and tie in with the Sanskrit epics. Drawing on literary theory and cultural studies, he reveals the shared subtexts of the Drau.

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