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The Rama Jataka in Laos (In 2 Volumes)

Authors (s): Sachchidanand Sahai (Author)
Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 8170188393
Pages: xii+348p., Tables; Maps; Abbreviations; Bibliography; Index; 25cm.
Pub. date: 01.01.1996, 1st ed.
Publisher: B.R. Publishing Corporation
Language (s): English
Bagchee ID: BB1122
List price: US $ 75,00
Bagchee price: US $ 67,50
You save: (10.00%)
Member price: US $ 60,75 info

Overview for The Rama Jataka in Laos (In 2 Volumes)

The two volumes offer for the first time a critical and comprehensive study and an annotated translation of the Laotian Palm-leaf manuscript popularly known as the Phra Lak Phra Lam. Recognised as the Rama Jataka in the Buddhist milieu of Laos, this text ranks next to the Vessantara Jataka as a sacred text. It is an important Laotian addition to the existing stock of Buddhist Jataka literatue. The Volume I of this study analyses the Jataka format of the text in relation to the Dasaratha Jataka, the Mekong axis of the Rama-story, the role of the elder sister of Rama in Tai sibling rivalry and the importance of the bride-price in the Laotian society. The analysis is supported by an annotated translation of the first part of the Phra Lak Phra Lam which centers around the theme of the abduction of elder sister of Rama by Ravana. The Volume II, relating to the abduction of Sita by Ravana, outlines the Laotian Ramakatha in relation to Indian and extra-Indian versions of the story, analyses the institutioins of marriage and kingship, and the concept of incest in Laos. It examines the current theories regarding the location of Lanka. The arguments are well supported by the second part of the Phra Lak Phra Lam in translation. The diffusion of Buddhism in Indochina through the Rama legend, the transformation of Indian epic by a Laotian writer, the localization of the Rama legend in the Mekong valley, the indigenous perception of Indochina and many other little known aspects of Indochinese civilization have been carefully analysed in this publication. The present study constitutes an indispensable source book for the study of Buddhism and cultural, anthropological understanding of society, religion and literature in India and Indochina.
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