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Rethinking India's Oral and Classical Epics Draupadi among Rajputs, Muslims, and Dalits

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ISBN-10: 0226340511

ISBN-13: 9780226340517

Edition: 1999

Authors: Alf Hiltebeitel

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Throughout India and Southeast Asia, ancient classical epics—the Mahabharata and the Ramayana—continue to exert considerable cultural influence. Rethinking India's Oral and Classical Epics offers an unprecedented exploration into South Asia's regional epic traditions. Using his own fieldwork as a starting point, Alf Hiltebeitel analyzes how the oral tradition of the south Indian cult of the goddess Draupadi and five regional martial oral epics compare with one another and tie in with the Sanskrit epics. Drawing on literary theory and cultural studies, he reveals the shared subtexts of the Draupadi cult Mahabharata and the five oral epics, and shows how the traditional plots are twisted…    
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Book details

List price: $87.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 574
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.20" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

List of Maps and Tables
List of Plates
Oral Epics
Classical and Oral Epics
Epic Development and the "Real Hero"
Against Death and Deification
Bhakti, Regionality, and the Goddess
Back to the Frames
The Elder Brothers and the Heroes of Palnadu
Births of the Heroes
Marriage and Virginity
The Virgin's Blessing
Campuka's and Anapotu Raju's Stratagems
The Virgin's Anger
Satis, Revivals, Salvation
Transformations of Dasara
The Epic ofPabuji
Births of the Heroes
Marriage and Virginity
The Virgin's Blessing
Dhebo's Intervention
The Virgin's Anger
Satis and Salvation
Transformations of Dasara
Portions and Incarnations
Sons of Devaki
Frame Stories and Divine Interventions
The Maro Feud
The Nine-Lakh Chain
Bela Demands Draupadi's Jewels
The Chain
Bela's Wedding
Bela's Homebringing
The Death of Malkhan
Bela's Tour
The Story of Krsnamsa
What Kind of Text?
The Muslim Captivity of Udal
Solar and Lunar Lines
The Agnivamsa
Defending Folk Hinduism
Kuruksetra II
Divine Plan, Master Plan
The Establishment of Kali and the Last of the Little Kings
Duryodhana's Return
Time-Routes through theKrsnamsacarita
How Do We Get to Where We Are?
The Buddhists and the Agnivamsa
Vikramaditya's Era
Puranic Nationalism
Their Name Is Legion
Rajputs and Afghans
Rajputs and Afghans Looking South
The Egalitarian Warband
Warrior-Ascetics and Wandering Minstrels
The Band of Raja Desing
The Story and Its Settings
The Printed Ballad and an Oral Telling
Rajput-Afghan Heroism Goes South
Barbarika, Aravan, Kuttantavar: Furthering the Case of the Severed Head
Reopening the Case
Tracking Barbarika
A Permeable Divide
The Myth of the Agnivamsa
Agnikulas, North and South
Draupadi Becomes Bela, Bela Becomes Sati
Disposing of the Kaurava Widows
Draupadi BecomesBela
High and Low Satis
Bela Becomes Sati
General Index