Traces of the Ramayana and Mahabharata in Javanese and Malay Literature

About the Publication

Local renderings of the two Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata in Malay and Javanese literature have existed since around the ninth and tenth centuries. In the following centuries new versions were created alongside the old ones, and these opened up interesting new directions. They questioned the views of previous versions and laid different accents, in a continuous process of modernization and adaptation, successfully satisfying the curiosity of their audiences for more than a thousand years. 

Much of this history is still unclear. For a long time, scholarly research made little progress, due to its preoccupation with problems of origin. The present volume, going beyond identifying sources, analyses the socio-literary contexts and ideological foundations of seemingly similar contents and concepts in different periods; it examines the literary functions of borrowing and intertextual referencing, and calls upon the visual arts to illustrate the independent character of the epic tradition in Southeast Asia.


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Traces of the Ramayana and Mahabharata in Javanese and Malay Literature [Whole Publication, ISBN: 978-981-4786-58-4], by Ding Choo Ming, Willem van der Molen, editors 16.90 USD
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Preliminary pages Download
1. Introduction, by Willem van der Molen, author Download
2. The Rāmāyana in Java and Bali: Chapters from its Literature History, by Stuart Robson, author 5.00 USD
3. Abimanyu Gugur: The Death of Abimanyu in Classical and Modern Indonesian and Malay Literature, by Harry Aveling, author 5.00 USD
4. Drona's Betrayal and Bima's Brutality: Javanaiserie in Malay Culture, by Bernard Arps, author 5.00 USD
5. Ramayana and Mahabharata in Hikayat Misa Taman Jayeng Kusuma, by Gijs L. Koster, author 5.00 USD
6. The Death of Śalya: Balinese Textual and Iconographic Representations of the Kakawin Bhāratayuddha, by Helen Creese, author 5.00 USD
7. The Illustrated Astabrata in Pakualaman Manuscript Art, by Edwin Wieringa, author 5.00 USD
8. Index Download
Nalanda-Sriwijaya Series Download

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