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The Mahābhārata II: Dicing and Exile

This course is the second of a 6-part Course Sequence that explores the great epic of India, The Mahābhārata

This module covers the main events such as a game of dice and the period of exile leading to the great war of Kurukṣetra.  Key issues that define Hindu religion such as narrativity, dharma-pedagogy, and critical questions about one’s duty, gender, heroic values, and ultimate concerns inform this module throughout.

 

 

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Course Code: TAT 7202

Credit Hours: 3

Course Level: 700

This course is the second of a 6-part Course Sequence that explores the great epic of India, The Mahābhārata

This module covers the main events such as a game of dice and the period of exile leading to the great war of Kurukṣetra.  Key issues that define Hindu religion such as narrativity, dharma-pedagogy, and critical questions about one’s duty, gender, heroic values, and ultimate concerns inform this module throughout.

 

 

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Description

The Pāṇḍavas build a city in the wilderness with the help of the Asura Maya and embark on a campaign of conquest, which culminates in the consecration of Yudhiṣṭhira at the rājasūya. At the very moment of triumph, life takes a dramatic turn, impelled by deep forces in our human nature. Jealous of the Pāṇḍavas, the Kauravas invite the Dharmarāja Yudhiṣṭhira to a dicing game. After winning through cheating, they humiliate Draupadī and force the princes into exile. The period of exile contains a detailed account of a pilgrimage, which combines sacred history and geography with pedagogy. This section contains important sections such as the revelation of the Seer Mārkaṇḍeya and the Rāmopākhyāna or the story of Rāma Dāśarathi. The final year of exile is the carnival-like period of incognito from which the princes emerge ready for battle. The episode of disguises allows us to rethink history and literature in a new light: the episodes hide the characters but reveal their deeper natures, and complicate narrativity by placing a self-conscious play, with elements of cross-dressing, ribaldry, and mimesis, within the larger epic. The episode of the gograhaṇa in which Arjuna single-handedly defeats the entire Kaurava army foreshadows events to come in the great conflagration.

Areas of Study: Text and Traditions

Required/ Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Successfully completed Mahabharata – I / Admission into Program of Study

Instructor: Dr. Vishwa Adluri

Quarter:- Spring 2021

Day: Every Saturday

Time: 10:00 am EST -01:00 pm EST

Start Date: 10th April 2021

End Date: 26th June 2021

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