The Ramayana of Valmiki: An Epic of Ancient India, Volume I: Balakanda

The Ramayana of Valmiki: An Epic of Ancient India, Volume I: Balakanda

by Princeton University Press
     
 

This is the first of seven volumes of a translation of the Valmiki Ramayana, the great Sanskrit epic of the life of Rama, ideal man and incarnation of the great god Visnu. This renowned work of ancient India has profoundly affected the literature, art, religions, and cultures of countless millions of people in South and Southeast Asiaan influence that is perhaps

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This is the first of seven volumes of a translation of the Valmiki Ramayana, the great Sanskrit epic of the life of Rama, ideal man and incarnation of the great god Visnu. This renowned work of ancient India has profoundly affected the literature, art, religions, and cultures of countless millions of people in South and Southeast Asiaan influence that is perhaps unparalleled in the history of world literature. Balakanda, the opening portion of this first translation to be based on the critical edition (Oriental Institute, Baroda), is presented here in a compact volume without the section of notes that appears in the hardcover book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691014852
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/21/1990
Series:
Princeton Library of Asian Translations Series
Edition description:
1st Princeton pbk. ed. without annotatio
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations ix

Preface xiii

Guide to Sanskrit Pronunciation xix

PART 1. INTRODUCTION 1

1. General Introduction 3

2. History and Historicity 14

3. Introduction to the Balakanda 60

4. The Ramayana Text and the Critical Edition by Sheldon I. Pollock 82

5. Translating the Ramayana by Leonard E. Nathan 94

6. The Translation and Annotation 96

PART II. BALAKANDA 119

Glossary of Important Proper Nouns and Epithets 271

Bibliography of Works Consulted 277

Index 291

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