Rethinking the Mahabharata: A Reader's Guide to the Education of the Dharma King 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0226340548
ISBN-10: 0226340546
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The ancient Indian Sanskrit tradition produced no text more intriguing, or more persistently misunderstood or underappreciated, than the Mahabharata. Its intricacies have waylaid generations of scholars and ignited dozens of unresolved debates. In Rethinking the Mahabharata, Alf Hiltebeitel offers a unique model for understanding the great epic. Employing a wide range of literary and narrative theory, Hiltebeitel draws on historical and comparative research in an attempt to discern the spirit and techniques behind the epic's composition. He focuses on the education of Yudhisthira, called the Dharma King, and shows how the relationship of this figure to others-especially his author-grandfather Vyasa and his wife Draupadi-provides a thread through the bewildering array of frames and stories embedded within stories. Hiltebeitel also offers a revisionist theory regarding the dating and production of the original text and its relation to the Veda. No ordinary reader's guide, this volume will illuminate many wonders of this enigmatic masterpiece.

This work is the fourth volume in Hiltebeitel's study of the Draupadi cult. Other volumes include Mythologies: From Gingee to Kuruksetra (Volume One), On Hindu Ritual and the Goddess (Volume Two), and Rethinking India's Oral and Classical Epics (Volume Three).

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Alf Hiltebeitel is a professor of religion and director of the Human Sciences Program at The George Washington University. He is the author or editor of numerous books including the two-volume Cult of Draupadi and Rethinking India's Oral and Classical Epics, both published by the University of Chicago Press.
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  • Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (October 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226340546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226340548
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,492,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ashutosh pandey on January 16, 2014
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LIke Occam/s Razor, Alf Hiltebeitel cuts through the fog surrounding the Greatest Epic (7 times longer than the Iliad) in the world and reveals its astronomical roots. . . Like Florence and Kenneth Woods 'Homer's Secret Iliad', this publication will also become a historical classic . . .
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