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Rethinking the "Mahabharata": A Reader's Guide to the Education of the Dharma King (Hardback)
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Rethinking the "Mahabharata": A Reader's Guide to the Education of the Dharma King (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 02/01/2002
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The ancient Indian Sanskrit tradition produced no text more intriguing, or more persistently misunderstood or underappreciated, than the Mahabharata. Its intricacies have waylaid generations of scholars and ignited dozens of unresolved debates. In this text, Alf Hiltebitel offers a unique model for understanding the great epic. Employing a range of literary and narrative theories, he draws on historical and comparative research in an attempt to discern the spirit and techniques behind the epic's composition. The author focuses on the education of Yudhisthira, also known as the Dharma King, and shows how the relationship of this figure to others - especially his author-grandfather Vyasa and his wife Draupadi - provides a thread through the bewildering array of frames and stories embedded within stories. Hiltebeital also offers a revisionist theory regarding the dating and production of the original text and its relation to the Veda.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226340531
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 616 g
Dimensions: 233 x 158 x 25 mm

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