RELS162 - EPIC TRADITIONS OF INDIA

This course examines various key aspects of the epic traditions of India. The Ramayana and the Mahabharata are two great Indian epics that have deeply influenced the Indian religious and cultural ethos. The course inspects scholarly studies regarding the multiple renditions of these epics. The students will view folk performances from various regions in India that continue to bring these epics to life. These performances form a significant part of the epic tradition as they connect the stories in the epics with material realities of the Indian religious and cultural life. The course investigates the role played by the two epics, especially the Ramayana, in the Indian political discourse in both the past and the present. Beyond India, their historical birthplace, these epics traveled to South East Asian regions such as Indonesia and Malaysia. We will also consider the ways in which the traditions in these regions are similar or dissimilar to those in India. Lastly, the students will study the role of the media such as television shows, cinema,and comic books in the manifestation of these epics in popular imagination.
Section 401 - LEC
MW 0330PM-0500PM
PATIL, URMILA
WILLIAMS HALL 202