Ramayana Book One

Boyhood

424 pages

February, 2005

ISBN: 9780814731635

Subjects:

Literature

Part of the Clay Sanskrit Library series

Authors

All books by Valmiki

All books by Robert Goldman

All books by Amartya Sen

Rama, the crown prince of the City of Ayodhya, is a model son and warrior. He is sent by his father the king to rescue a sage from persecution by demons, but must first kill a fearsome ogress. That done, he drives out the demons, restores peace, and attends a tournament in the neighboring city of Mithila; here he bends the bow that no other warrior can handle, winning the prize and the hand of Sita, the princess of Mithila.

Valmíki's Ramáyana is one of the two great national epics of India, the source revered throughout South Asia as the original account of the career of Rama, ideal man and incarnation of the great god Vishnu. The first book, “Boyhood,” introduces the young hero Rama and sets the scene for the adventures ahead. It begins with a fascinating excursus on the origins and function of poetry itself.

Co-published by New York University Press and the JJC Foundation

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