Arrow of the Blue-skinned God: Retracing the Ramayana Through India

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Grove Press, 2000 - Religion - 370 pages
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The three-thousand-year-old epic Ramayana chronicles Lord Rama's physical voyage from one end of the Indian subcontinent to the other and his spiritual voyage from Man to God. In Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God, anthropologist and journalist Jonah Blank gives a new perspective to this Hindu classic -- retelling the ancient tale while following the course of Rama's journey through present-day India and Sri Lanka. Ultimately, Blank's journey -- like that of Lord Rama -- evolves into a quest: to understand the chimerical essence of India itself, in all its overwhelming beauty and paradox. "Quite possibly the most perceptive book that I have come across on India since the British Raj ended." -- Pranay Gupte, The Washington Post; "What Hollywood attempted on the big screen with casts of thousands in Gandhi and A Passage to India, Jonah Blank has achieved in 350 stylistically rich pages." -- Los Angeles Times; "This informative and entertaining book is something to be thankful for." -- The New York Times Book Review
 

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An excellent book that provides an insight for western minds to an ancient Indian adventure and mixes it with a modern day journey of observation in the sub-continent. Its well written and a very satisfying read. Read full review

ARROW OF THE BLUE-SKINNED GOD: Retracing the Ramayana Through India

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Part travel-journal, part retelling of an Indian epic, part cultural and political analysis, this first book by a former editor of Tokyo's Asahi Evening News is both eclectic and ambitious. For the ... Read full review

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Contents

Foreword to the Grove Press Edition
ix
Prologue
1
BEGINNINGS
3
FATE
25
KINGS
53
SWAMIS
81
CASTE
111
ILLUSION
141
RACE
201
RITES
231
WAR
263
LOVE
301
ENDINGS
329
Notes
335
A Few Words of Thanks
369
Copyright

EVIL
169

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