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The Ramayana of Valmiki: An Epic of Ancient India

 
Robert P. Goldman (Translator) Sally J. Sutherland Goldman (Translator)
Synopsis The fifth and most popular book of The Ramayana of Valmiki, the Sundarakanda, recounts the adventures of the monkey hero Hanuman in leaping across the ocean to the inland citadel of Lanka. Once there, he scours the city for the abducted Princess Sita. The poet vividly describes the opulence of the court of the demon king, Ravana, the beauty of his harem, the spendors fo the palace gardens, and the hideous deformity of Sita’s wardresses. After witnessing Sita's pathetic state and her stern rejection of Ravana's blandishments, Hanuman reveals himself to the princess and restores her hope of rescue. The great monkey then wreaks havoc on the royal park and fights a series of hair-raising battles with Ravana's generals. Permitting himself to be captured by the warrior Indrajit, Hanuman is led into the presence of Ravana, whom he admonishes for his lechery. His tail is set ablaze, but he escapes his bonds and, lealping from rooftop to rooftop, sets fire to the city. Taking leave of Sita, Hanuman once more leaps the ocean to rejoin his monkey companions. Returning in thriumph to report the news of Sita's discovery to Rama, the monkeys pause for an interlude of drunken revelry in the pleasure grove of the monkey king. At last, Hanuman reports on his adventures to Prince Rama. This is the fifth volume translated from the critical edition of the Valmiki Ramayana. It contains an extensive introduction, exhaustive notes, and comprehensive bibliography. Robert Goldman and Sally J. Sutherland Goldman are both professors in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
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About the authors

Robert P. Goldman

Robert P. Goldman is a professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Sally J. Sutherland Goldman

Sally J. Sutherland Goldman is a professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Title The Ramayana of Valmiki: An Epic of Ancient India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170306272
length xviii+583p., Bibliography; Index; 22cm.