The Ramayana tells the tale of Rama and his beloved Sita, but its narratives and intent, as with all great literature, point to the grand themes of life, death and righteousness. Originally written in ancient Sanskrit, the elegant, epic work is a key part of the canon of both Hinduism and Buddhism. It continues to inspire art, theatre, poetry and temple architecture, dominating the spiritual landscape of the vast Indian sub-continent and the diaspora throughout the rest of the world. This deluxe new edition revives Ralph T. H. Griffith's evocative verse translation and abridges it for the modern reader – bringing the gripping narrative to the forefront.
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About the Author
Bihani Sarkar lectures in Religious Studies: Hinduism and Buddhism at the University of Winchester and is a faculty member of Oxford University’s Oriental Institute. She teaches classical Sanskrit and Indian religions, literature and civilization. Her latest book is Classical Sanskrit Tragedy: The Concept of Pathos and Suffering in Medieval India.
F. Tara Hathaway is a doctoral research student at The Queen's College, University of Oxford, where she was the John P. Clay Scholar from 2018–2021. She was previously at Balliol College, University of Oxford. Her research focuses on literary adaptation; the interplay between oral and written literatures; and multilingualism in Sanskrit dramaturgy.