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The Ritual of Battle
Krishna in the Mahabharata
The Ritual of Battle
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Alf Hiltebeitel - Author
SUNY series in Hindu Studies
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Hardcover - 368 pages
Release Date: July 1990
ISBN10: 0-7914-0249-5
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-0249-8

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Paperback - 368 pages
Release Date: July 1990
ISBN10: 0-7914-0250-9
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-0250-4

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This book is a study of India's great epic, the Mahabharata, against the background of Indo-European myth, epic, and ritual. It builds upon the pioneering studies in these areas by Georges Dumezil and Stig Wikander to work toward the goal of understanding how this epic's Indo-European heritage is interpreted and reshaped within the setting of bhakti or devotional Hinduism.

The book begins with a comparative typology of traditional classical epics, arguing that epic is a distinctive mythical genre, and that the Mahabharata in particular should be studied as part of an Indo-European epic and (and not just mythical) continuum. The reshaping of Indo-European themes is then examined in relation to the Mahabharata's central mystery: the figure of Krishna, hero and ally of the Panbrothers in their struggles against their cousins, the Kauravas, and incarnation of Vis.

The study argues that Krishna figures in the epic at the center of a coherent theological ensemble that builds upon continuities in Indo-European, Vedic, and particularly Brahmanic sacrificial idioms. Ultimately, Krishna guides the forces of dharma or righteousness through a great "sacrifice of battle" whose eschatological background recalls Indo-European and Vedic themes, while projecting them into the Hindu bhakti cosmology of universal dissolutions, recreations, and divine grace. The study vigorously opposes attempts to "explain" Krishna by arbitrary theories of the Mahabharata's growth through interpolations.

Alf Hiltebeitel is Professor in the Department of Religion at George Washington University. Dr. Hiltebeitel is the editor of Criminal Gods and Demon Devotees: Essays on the Guardians of Popular Hinduism, also published by SUNY Press, and he is the author of The Cult of Draupadi, Vol. 1, Mythologies: From Gingee to Kuruks.


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Table of Contents

Foreword

Abbreviations

PART ONE: PRELIMINARIES

1. Traditional Epics
2. Three Krsnas: Variations on a Theme

PART TWO: BEFORE THE WAR

3. The Marriage of Draupadi
4. Krishna's Absence from the Dice Game and the Disrobing of Draupadi
5. Kirshna and Odinn: Interventions
6. Two Theophanies, Three Steps

PART THREE: WORLD SOVEREIGNTY

7. Sri and the Source of Sovereignty
8. The Royal Virtues
9. Sins of the Sovereign
10. The Deaths of the Four Marshals
11. Absolutions

PART FOUR: THE END OF AN AGE

12. Epic Eschatology
13. "Renaissance"
14. Conclusions

Appendix: Genealogical Table

Index



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