Hanuman: In the Ramayana of Valmiki and the Ramacharitamanasa of Tulsidasa
- ISBN: 9788120812277, 8120812271
- Year of Publication: 1997
- Binding: Paperback
- Edition: 1st
- No. of Pages: 157
- Language: English
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.
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.