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Throughout Indian heritage, many authors and performers have produced, and lots of consumers have supported, varied tellings of the tale of the exiled prince Rama, who rescues his kidnapped spouse by means of combating the demon king who has imprisoned her. The individuals to this quantity specialise in those "many" Ramayanas.

While so much students proceed to depend upon Valmiki's Sanskrit Ramayana because the authoritative model of the story, the participants to this quantity don't. Their essays reveal the multivocal nature of the Ramayana by way of highlighting its adaptations in keeping with old interval, political context, nearby literary culture, non secular association, meant viewers, and style. Socially marginal teams in Indian society—Telugu girls, for instance, or Untouchables from Madhya Pradesh—have recast the Rama tale to mirror their very own perspectives of the realm, whereas in different arms the epic has turn into the root for teachings approximately non secular liberation or the call for for political separatism. Historians of faith, students of South Asia, folklorists, cultural anthropologists—all will locate the following fresh views in this tale.

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