Mahabarata - September 29 & October 1 Rmya a Epic of...

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September 29 & October 1
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• Rāmāya n a – Epic of Ideals – Order is restored at the end in the form of Rāmārājya (Rama’s reign) – Refers to the 2 nd Yuga (Tretā) • Mahābhārata – Epic of conflicts – Politics, Perversion, death and desolation – Refers to the end of the 3 rd Yuga (Dvāpara)
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Satyavat ī – Marriage with Santanu – Control of the royal family: – Bh īs ma, Vy ā sa etc. Kunt – Mother of gods’ children – Arjuna and Kar n a Kauravas and P ānd avas – Childhood, history of conflict, education under Dro a etc. – Draupad , K rsn – War and aftermath
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• War at different levels – Cosmic – Social – Individual • Significance of myths within the epic cycle • The Bhagavadgita • Notion of power in the Mahabharata Family tree: Madri’s 2 sons: Nakula and Sahadeva
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• Cosmic level – Satyavati – Arjuna vs. Karna (= Indra vs. Surya)? • Social level – Kunti, Karna, Draupadi, Amba, Ekalavya • Individual level – Drona vs. Drupada – Karna vs. Arjuna – Amba vs. Bhisma
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• The Procession of the Dead • The Pilgrimage of Death • Tapas: the myth about the power of human beings
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• Where does conflict exist?
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2010 for the course ASST 104 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

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