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Unravelling the Divine: Re-writing Rama

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Date(s) - 9 Nov 2012
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Open Space

The Ramayana of Valmiki is considered by many contemporary Hindus to be a foundational religious text. But this understanding is in part the result of a transformation of the epic’s receptive history, a hermeneutic project which challenged one characterization of the genre of the text, as a work of literary culture, and replaced it with another, as a work of remembered tradition.

In the Ramayana commentaries, poetic retellings, and praise-poems produced from 1250 to 1600, intellectuals within the Srivaisnava order of South India in particular re conceptualized Rama’s story through the lens of their devotional metaphysics.

Ajay Rao is Assistant Professor of South Asian Religions at the University of  Toronto.

Join us for a coffee and a conversation with Ajay Rao on 9 November, 2012 at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at Open Space


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