Hanumān in the Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki and the Rāmacaritamānasa of Tulasī Dāsa

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1994 - History - 157 pages
The monkey-god Hanuman, one of contemporary Hinduism's most popular deities, has a long history in Indian art and literature. This study traces Hanuman's gradual evolution from his role as helper and messenger of Rama in the Valmiki Ramayana in the 3rd century B.C.E. to his more dominant function in Tulasi Dasa's Ramacaritamanasa, written circa 1575 C.E.The study begins with a concentrated overview of Hanuman's non-Aryan origins and later associations. It then illustrates and elucidated the growth of his character from Valmiki to Tulasi Dasa through several intermediary stages. The greater part of the book comprises a careful scene-by-scene comparative textual analysis of the Sanskrit and the Avadhi versions of the Rama legend which has been so immensely influential in Hindu culture. In the course of time, Hanuman changes from a perfect messenger to the ideal devotee who becomes an embodiment of his master in his complete surrender to Raghupati.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Comparative Analysis
23
The Consolation of Tara
33
Laksmanas Arrival in Kiskindha
43
Hanumans Persuasion of Arigada
53
The Coaxing of Hanuman
59
The Leap across the Ocean
67
The Search for Sita
79
The Interview with Sita
91
The Destruction of the Asoka Grove
107
The Interview with Ravana
113
The Burning of Lanka
121
The Bringing of the Medicinal Herbs
131
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