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The Rāmāyaṇa Of Vālmīki: An Epic Of Ancient India

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The sixth book of the "Ramayana of Valmiki," the Yuddhakanda, recounts the final dramatic war between the forces of good led by the exiled prince Rama, and the forces of evil commanded by the arch demon Ravana. The hero Rama's primary purpose in the battle is to rescue the abducted princess Sita and destroy the demon king. However, the confrontation also marks the turning
Hardcover, 1632 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Princeton University Press (first published April 1st 1985)
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Silvio Curtis

So far the Rāmāyana seems to move a lot faster than the Mahābhārata. For example, Rāma is born only forty pages into it, as compared to two or three hundred pages for the heroes of the Mahābhārata.

The Bālakānda is mostly about a journey Rāma makes with the wise brahman Viśvāmitra, first to kill some demons and then continuing on to another kingdom and resulting in Rāma’s marriage to Sītā. There are plenty of retrospective stories tied in, the longest being the story of how Viśvāmitra, o
I loved Herodotus and Thucydides when I read them, and I think I'm hoping for something similar with the Ramayana that I may not get. After all, the Greeks were historians, whereas the Ramayana is equally epic, but significantly less historical - more like a very long Odysseus than anything else.

This appears to be the only complete academic translation out there - there are a lot of paraphrased versions, but I don't want some westernized Ramayana - I want as close to the 'real thing' as I can g
This book was okay. I didnt really like this book couldnt get into it like other people. There was a lot of gender sterotype such as at the end of the book where Rama makes Sita up into the fire to prove that she was loyal to him. I think Rama should have known that sita would never do that to him because she loves him. That to me right there is not trust.
Dense as brick and as truthful a translation as one can get currently.
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