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Questioning Ramayanas: A South Asian Tradition

Questioning Ramayanas: A South Asian Tradition
Author: N/A
ISBN 13: 9780520220744
ISBN 10: 520220749
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2000-10-02
Format: Paperback
Pages: 432
List Price: $34.95

Questioning Rama's story has played a generative role in sustaining the Ramayana tradition over centuries, across regions, and among different communities. Although the story of Rama (Ramkatha) has generated many tellings, most people are familiar with a few authoritative texts, such as those by Valmiki, Tulsidas, or the television serial by Ramanand Sagar. This volume expands our understanding of Ramkatha by focusing on tellings that question aspects of such dominant texts.
Through analysis of oral and written narratives, exegesis, plays, songs, rituals, and poetry, the contributors demonstrate the centrality of questioning within the Ramayana tradition and chart the many forms such interrogation takes. The book demonstrates how questioning safeguards the diversity and capaciousness of the Ramayana tradition.