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The Forest Setting in Hindu Epics

Princes, Sages, Demons

By (author) Thomas Parkhill
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Aug 1995
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0773422137
ISBN-13: 9780773422131
Barcode No: 9780773422131
This study of the forest, the people who pass through it and their activities there, seeks to give a new perspective on Hindu epic narrative. The central thesis is that the tripartite process of transformation, first observed in rites of passage, operates in the forest-related sections of the Mahabharata and Ramayana, with the middle phase centring in the forest. The forest acts as a threshold across which the epic heroes and heroines pass as they move from one life-stage to another, or as is more often the case, from one state of existence to another.

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