By Alf Hiltebeitel
The traditional Indian Sanskrit culture produced no textual content extra fascinating, or extra many times misunderstood or underappreciated, than the Mahabharata. Its intricacies have waylaid generations of students and ignited dozens of unresolved debates. In Rethinking the Mahabharata, Alf Hiltebeitel deals a special version for figuring out the nice epic. utilising a variety of literary and narrative concept, Hiltebeitel attracts on historic and comparative examine in an try and figure the spirit and strategies at the back of the epic's composition. He specializes in the schooling of Yudhisthira, sometimes called the Dharma King, and exhibits how the connection of this determine to others-especially his author-grandfather Vyasa and his spouse Draupadi-provides a thread throughout the bewildering array of frames and tales embedded inside of tales. Hiltebeitel additionally bargains a revisionist conception concerning the relationship and creation of the unique textual content and its relation to the Veda. No traditional reader's advisor, this quantity will light up many mysteries of this enigmatic masterpiece.This paintings is the fourth quantity in Hiltebeitel's research of the Draupadi cult. different volumes comprise Mythologies: From Gingee to Kuruksetra (Volume One), On Hindu Ritual and the Goddess (Volume Two), and Rethinking India's Oral and Classical Epics (Volume Three).