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Folkloristics of Mahabharata

Vijneshu Mohan (Author)
Synopsis The Mahabharata narrative invariably leaves an indelible impression and is deeply entrenched, in the psyche of the people, far and wide. The primarily oral narrative appeals to the attentive audience. However, confronted with the narrowly unsetting current departure from the traditional, the Mahabharata, too, is often mistakenly viewed with traces of suspicion. The unfounded skepticism primarily emanates from treating the entire Mahabharata as purely mythical or exaggerated fiction woven around poetic fancy. The book Folkloristics of Mahabharata attempts to consciously dissect or deconstruct the mythical to recapture the essence of the "historical elements", enshrined in the Mahabharata. It also emphasizes the importancae of the dynamic oral traditions of the Kurukshetra (Dharmakshetra) region. The decisive 'war', spread over eighteen days, is consequently perceived in discursive spatio-temporal contexts. These exercises in the folkloristics provide the discerning reader with an
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About the author

Vijneshu Mohan

Vijneshu Mohan has had a brilliant academic career obtaining first position in M.A. from the Kurukshetra University. Subsequently, he studied at the Ohio University, USA, on a scholarship. Thereafter, he won the prestigious Cambridge Nehru Scholarship at the University of Cambridge, UK, for higher research in Archaeology. He has, to his credit, several research publications in reputed journals and presentations in national / international conferences and seminars. He taught Archaeology at the Panjab University, Chandigarh. He has authored three well-received thought-provoking books viz., (1) Archaeology: Status, Growth and Development (1998); (2) Philosophical Archaelogy (2000) and Folkloristics of Mahabharata (2003).

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Bibliographic information

Title Folkloristics of Mahabharata
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8176463310
length xvi+168p., Illustrations; Plates; Index; 29cm.