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The The Ramayana of Valmiki : The Ramayana of Valmiki: An Epic of Ancient India, Volume I Balakanda v. 1 - Robert P. Goldman

The The Ramayana of Valmiki

The Ramayana of Valmiki: An Epic of Ancient India, Volume I Balakanda v. 1

By: Robert P. Goldman (Editor)

Paperback Published: 10th April 1990
ISBN: 9780691014852
Number Of Pages: 328

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This is the first of seven volumes of a translation of the Valmiki Ramayana, the great Sanskrit epic of the life of Rama, ideal man and incarnation of the great god Visnu. This renowned work of ancient India has profoundly affected the literature, art, religions, and cultures of countless millions of people in South and Southeast Asiaan influence that is perhaps unparalleled in the history of world literature. Balakanda, the opening portion of this first translation to be based on the critical edition (Oriental Institute, Baroda), is presented here in a compact volume without the section of notes that appears in the hardcover book.

"Goldman has chosen a translation style that is simple, direct, and very close to the text, without being prosaic. He has avoided the twin pitfalls of preciousness and pedantry. The Ramayana, as he reminds us, is a poem in a sense we have almost lost touch with: intended to be heard, easily understood, chanted in a loose and repetitive meter that permits the lapidary phrase."--Edwin Gerow, Journal of Asian Studies

List of Abbreviationsp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Guide to Sanskrit Pronunciationp. xix
Introductionp. 1
General Introductionp. 3
History and Historicityp. 14
Introduction to the Balakandap. 60
The Ramayana Text and the Critical Editionp. 82
Translating the Ramayanap. 94
The Translation and Annotationp. 96
Balakandap. 119
Glossary of Important Proper Nouns and Epithetsp. 271
Bibliography of Works Consultedp. 277
Indexp. 291
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780691014852
ISBN-10: 069101485X
Series: Ramayana of Valmiki : Book 1
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 10th April 1990
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.29  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.41