Synopses & Reviews
One of Indias great epics in a powerful new translation
The Ramayana (along with the Mahabharata) is to India what the epics of Homer and the stories of the Bible are to Western culture: works that cast a spell over an entire civilization. It is also one of the most entertaining of the great works of world literature. Populated with a cast of superhuman characters and imbued with a profound sense of moral purpose, the magical tale of the young prince Ramas adventures as he seeks to find his abducted wife, Sita, has been central to Indian cultural life for centuriestold to children as bedtime stories and studied by philosophers and theologians. This version returns to the core story in its earliest written form, revealing a taut, vibrant, skillfully constructed heroic romance.
Composed in the oral tradition in about the fifth century BC, this story, about the warrior-prince Rama, has been retold over the generations ever since. With its fantastical characters ranging ranging to monsters to apes, a very human hero and its profound moral purpose, it is one of the greatest of all Indian tales.
About the Author
is emeritus professor of Sanskrit in the School of Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh and is the secretary general of the International Association of Sanskrit Studies.
Mary Brockington has published on the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and the Harivam´sa, and on traditional tales and early literature in Europe and South Asia.