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By Mandakranta Bose

The Ramayana is one in every of India's foundational epics, and it demonstrates a continuous strength to persuade social, spiritual, cultural, and political existence. dropped at textual existence in Sanskrit by way of the mythical "first poet," Valmiki, over the consequent centuries the story has been recycled with striking adaptability and variety throughout the diverse cultural heritages of India and different components of Asia. the elemental story of the Ramayana is consistently tailored to new contexts, types, and media. it truly is learn, recited, sung, danced, and acted in a single shape or one other, and renewed so continually by way of altering instances and values that it calls for consistent revaluation.
The Ramayana Revisited provides the newest in Ramayana scholarship. Fourteen best students learn the epic in its myriad contexts all through South and Southeast Asia. They discover the function the narrative performs in societies as diverse as India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Cambodia. The essays additionally extend the certainty of the "text" to incorporate non-verbal renditions of the epic, with specific cognizance to the advanced methods such retellings switch the best way the narrative bargains with gender. This quantity may be important to scholars and students drawn to mythology, Hinduism, Asian reports, and anthropology.

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