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Exploring the conversations of kings and sages in the sanskrit epics: the case of Jābāli and Rāma

Hegarty, James 2017. Exploring the conversations of kings and sages in the sanskrit epics: the case of Jābāli and Rāma. Proceedings of the Epic Studies Panel of the 16th World Sanskrit Conference, Bangkok, Sanskrit Studies Centre, Silpakorn University, Bangkok,

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Abstract

In the present paper I explore the interaction of Rāma with Jābāli in the Rāmāyaṇa. I show that the encounter is one that offers key insights into the role of literary dialogue in the staging of religious debate in early South Asia. I also argue that the exploration of the ways in which kings and sages are represented in dialogue contributes, albeit speculatively, to the history of the constitution and re-constitution of the religious and political status quo in successive periods of early Indian history.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Submission
Status: Submitted
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
Publisher: Sanskrit Studies Centre, Silpakorn University, Bangkok
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2017 16:36
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/103480

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