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The Mahābhārata II

In part-II of this two-part course, we shall consider the Mahābhārata’s reception in the commentaries and lived Hinduism, especially the Pañcarātra tradition, which links the Mahābhārata with Āgama texts and temple worship. Finally, we shall trace some principles for interpreting the epic derived from the Mahābhārata itself. We shall learn how the Mahābhārata presents a narrative logic, a view of history, cosmology, and the goals of human life. But the epic is neither a mechanical retelling of historical events nor an abstract plan of the universe. The textual universe the epic presents is a tragic one, where dharma remains the primary human obligation.

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Course Code: TAT 7202

Credit Hours: 3

Course Level: 700

In part-II of this two-part course, we shall consider the Mahābhārata’s reception in the commentaries and lived Hinduism, especially the Pañcarātra tradition, which links the Mahābhārata with Āgama texts and temple worship. Finally, we shall trace some principles for interpreting the epic derived from the Mahābhārata itself. We shall learn how the Mahābhārata presents a narrative logic, a view of history, cosmology, and the goals of human life. But the epic is neither a mechanical retelling of historical events nor an abstract plan of the universe. The textual universe the epic presents is a tragic one, where dharma remains the primary human obligation.

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Thorough knowledge of the extent and divisions of the Mahābhārata; its different editions; and reading and working with its critical edition. This course will also prepare students to read the Mahābhārata thoughtfully, using the tools of philosophy, logical inquiry, hermeneutics, and poetic theory. Students will learn to locate the Mahābhārata within a textual tradition extending backwards into the Vedic Saṃhitās and forward into the Purāṇas and Āgamas. They will also develop an appreciation for why, even today, this text continues to be foundational for the living tradition of Hinduism.

Areas of Study: Text and Traditions

Required/ Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Admission into a Program of Study

Instructor: Dr. Vishwa Adluri

 

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