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Hanuman: In the Ramayana of Valmiki and the Ramacharitamanasa of Tulsidasa

Hanuman: In the Ramayana of Valmiki and the Ramacharitamanasa of Tulsidasa

Catherine Ludvik

  • ISBN: 9788120811225, 8120811224
  • Year of Publication: 1997
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Edition: 1st
  • No. of Pages: 157
  • Language: English
Rs. 295.00

The monkey-god Hanuman, one of contemporary Hinduism's most popular

deities, has a long history in Indian art and literature. This study traces

Hanuman's gradual evolution from his role as helper and messenger of Rama

in the Valmiki Ramayana in the 3rd century B.C.E. to his more dominant

function in Tulasi Dasa's Ramacaritamanasa, written circa 1575 C.E.

The study begins with a concentrated overview of Hanuman's non-Aryan

origins and later associations. It then illustrates and elucidated the

growth of his character from Valmiki to Tulasi Dasa through several

intermediary stages. The greater part of the book comprises a careful

scene-by-scene comparative textual analysis of the Sanskrit and the Avadhi

versions of the Rama legend which has been so immensely influential in

Hindu culture. In the course of time, Hanuman changes from a perfect

messenger to the ideal devotee who becomes an embodiment of his master in

his complete surrender to Raghupati.

Review(s)

Ludvik's text is to the point...it is sound and is meticulously documented with extensive notes and helpful bibliography. - JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY

About the Author(s)

CATHERINE LUDVIK is a promising young scholar who studies Sanskrit and

Hindi at the University of Toronto (B.A.), where she also completed an M.A.

in Religious Studies (Hinduism). She brings to her study of the ingenious

monkey-god Hanuman a deep empathy and understanding combined with

penetrating scholarship. She is presently working on the Mahanataka.


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