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The Ramayana and the Mahabharata Condensed Into English Verse

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Like ancient Greece, India claims two great epics: the Ramayana, a recounting of the adventures of a banished prince who wanders for years in the wilderness, bears a resemblance to the Odyssey; the Mahabharata, based on the legends surrounding a war in which all of Northern India took part, is the country's Iliad. Together, the two represent the epic literature of the ancient Hindus, offering latter-day readers the most realistic image of the civilization and culture of 3,000 years ago--its political and social life as well as its religion and philosophy. The Mahabharata depicts the political climate of ancient India, with tales of valor and heroism, ambition, and chivalry. The Ramayana portrays domestic and religious life, with vignettes of tenderness, endurance, and devotion. This condensed version of the staggeringly long tales features selections from cantos that convey the leading incidents of each epic, linking them with short notes. Unabridged republication of the edition originally published by J. M. Dent & Sons, Ltd. London, 1955.

Book News Annotation:

The epic story of the prince Rama and the epic of the Bharatas, two ancient works in Sanskrit, are presented in condensed form with helpful introductions to each chapter and an epilogue to each epic by the translator. The epics are translated into rhymed couplets. Dutt, a native of Bengal, India, studied in Calcutta, and served in various civic posts as a member of the British Indian Civil Service. A glossary of names is provided; there is no index. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Two great epics of the ancient Hindus offer a realistic image of Indian civilization and culture of India 3,000 years ago: the Ramayana, recounting the adventures of a banished prince, and the Mahabharata, based on the legends surrounding a war. Condensed version features selections linked with short notes.

Table of Contents

RAMAYANA

I. SITA-SWAYAMVARA (THE BRIDAL OF SITA)

II. VANA-GAMANA-ADESA (THE BANISHMENT)

III. DASA-RATHA-VIYOGA (THE DEATH OF THE KING)

IV. RAMA-BHARATA-SAMBADA (THE MEETING OF THE PRINCES)

V. PANCHAVATI (ON THE BANKS OF THE GODAVARI)

VI. SITA-HARANA (SITA LOST)

VII. KISHKINDHA (IN THE NILGIRI MOUNTAINS)

VIII. SITA-SANDESA (SITA DISCOVERED)

IX. RAVANA-SABHA (THE COUNCIL OF WAR)

X. YUDDHA (THE WAR IN CEYLON)

XI. RAJYA-ABHISHEKA (RAMA'S RETURN AND CONSECRATION)

XII. ASWA-MEDHA (SACRIFICE OF THE HORSE)

CONCLUSION

TRANSLATOR'S EPILOGUE

MAHA-BHARATA

I. ASTRA DARSANA (THE TOURNAMENT)

II. SWAYAMVARA (THE BRIDE'S CHOICE)

III. RAJASHUYA (THE IMPERIAL SACRIFICE)

IV. DYUTA (THE FATAL DICE)

V. PATIVRATA-MAHATMYA (WOMAN'S LOVE)

VI. GO-HARANA (CATTLE-LIFTING)

VII. UDYOGA (THE COUNCIL OF WAR)

VIII. BHISHMA-BADHA (FALL OF BHISHMA)

IX. DRONA-BADHA (FALL OF DRONA)

X. KARNA-BADHA (FALL OF KARNA)

XI. SRADDHA (FUNERAL RITES)

XII. ASWA-MEDHA (SACRIFICE OF THE HORSE)

CONCLUSION

TRANSLATOR'S EPILOGUE

GLOSSARY

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486425061
Translator:
Dutt, Romesh C.
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Translator:
Dutt, Romesh C.
Author:
Dutt, Romesh C.
Location:
Mineloa, NY
Subject:
General
Subject:
Eastern
Subject:
Hinduism
Subject:
Mahabharata
Subject:
Rama (Hindu deity)
Subject:
Rama
Subject:
Eastern - General
Subject:
Valmiki
Subject:
Hinduism - General
Subject:
Hindu epics
Subject:
Hindu legends
Subject:
Hindu myths
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Hinduism-General
Subject:
Humanities
Subject:
indu myths
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
107-151
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.88 lb

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Two great epics of the ancient Hindus offer a realistic image of Indian civilization and culture of India 3,000 years ago: the Ramayana, recounting the adventures of a banished prince, and the Mahabharata, based on the legends surrounding a war. Condensed version features selections linked with short notes.
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