The Ramamnyana

The Ramamnyana - The age-oldIndian epic, "The...

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The age-old Indian epic, “The Ramayana” is a tale depicting the core beliefs of Hinduism, and the path to righteousness. The story focuses on the life of Rama, son of King Dasaratha and incarnation of the great God Vishnu, who is sent to earth to restore and teach moral and ethical goodness. A common theme throughout “The Ramayana” is that of good overcoming evil in all forms. Examples of this are when Rama’s stepmother, Kaikeyi, forces him into fourteen years of exile just as he is to be crowned king, when Rama defeats Vali and in the battle between Rama and Ravana. This story promotes the simple belief that you will be rewarded for good behavior, though it may take some longer to realize this than others, in the end goodness will always prevail. In the instance of Rama’s banishment it was Kaikeyi’s selfish behavior and avarice that led her to turn on her family. She was the second wife of Dasaratha, and her son Bharatha was second to Rama, in line for the throne. Kaikeyi through pure greed for her son to rule instead of Rama, for whom she knew would rightly be the most just ruler
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This note was uploaded on 05/19/2008 for the course HST 103 taught by Professor Gray during the Spring '08 term at Portland CC.

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