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The seventh and final book of the monumental Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki, the Uttarakāṇḍa, brings the epic saga to a close with an account of the dramatic events of King Rāma’s millennia-long reign. It opens with a colorful history of the demonic race of the rākṣasas and the violent career of Rāma’s villainous foe Rāvaṇa, and later recounts Rāma’s grateful discharge of his allies in the great war at Lankā as well as his romantic reunion with his wife Sītā. But dark clouds gather as Rāma, confronted by scandal over Sītā’s time in captivity under the lustful Rāvaṇa, makes the agonizing decision to banish his beloved wife, now pregnant. As Rāma continues as king, marvelous tales and events unfurl, illustrating the benefits of righteous rule and the perils that await monarchs who fail to address the needs of their subjects.

The Uttarakāṇḍa has long served as a point of social and religious controversy largely for its accounts of the banishment of Sītā, as well as of Rāma’s killing of a low-caste ascetic. The translators’ introduction provides a full discussion of these issues and the complex reception history of the Uttarakāṇḍa. This translation of the critical edition also includes exhaustive notes and a comprehensive bibliography.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Frontispiece, Title Page, Copyright, Series Page, Quotations
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xx
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  1. Guide to Sanskrit Pronunciation
  2. pp. xxi- xxii
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  1. Part I. Introduction
  1. 1. Preamble and Synopsis of the Uttarakāṇḍa
  2. pp. 3-11
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  1. 2. The Major Characters of the Uttarakāṇḍa
  2. pp. 12-35
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  1. 3. The Rākṣasas of the Uttarakāṇḍa
  2. pp. 36-53
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  1. 4. The Work of the Uttarakāṇḍa
  2. pp. 54-64
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  1. 5. Who Knows the Uttarakāṇḍa?
  2. pp. 65-73
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  1. 6. The Problem of the Uttarakāṇḍa
  2. pp. 74-81
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  1. 7. The Controversial Episodes: The Uttarakāṇḍa and Its Critics
  2. pp. 82-113
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  1. 8. The Structure of the Uttarakāṇḍa
  2. pp. 114-156
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  1. 9. Historicity and Sovereignty in the Uttarakāṇḍa
  2. pp. 157-168
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  1. 10. The Theology of the Uttarakāṇḍa
  2. pp. 169-186
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  1. 11. The Rāmāyaṇa and the Gāyatrīmantra
  2. pp. 187-198
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  1. 12. The Text, Commentaries, and Translations of the Uttarakāṇḍa
  2. pp. 199-222
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  1. Part II. Uttarakāṇḍa
  2. pp. 223-442
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  1. Part III. Notes
  2. pp. 443-1284
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  1. The Prakṣipta Sargas
  2. pp. 1285-1402
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  1. Genealogy of the Rākṣasas
  2. pp. 1403-1406
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  1. Glossary of Important Sanskrit Words, Proper Nouns, and Epithets
  2. pp. 1407-1410
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  1. Emendations and Corrections of the Critical Edition
  2. pp. 1411-1412
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  1. Bibliography of Works Consulted
  2. pp. 1413-1434
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 1435-1522
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400884568
Related ISBN
9780691066646
MARC Record
OCLC
966913683
Pages
1544
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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