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The Mahābhārata and the Yugas : India's great epic poem and the Hindu system of world ages

Author: Luis González Reimann
Publisher: New York : Peter Lang, 2001.
Series: Asian thought and culture, vol. 51.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book questions the conventional wisdom that a fully matured theory of the yugas - Hinduism's ages of the world - is integral to the Mahabharata, and it illustrates how traditional commentators and modern scholars have read the later Puranic yuga theory into the Mahabharata, in particular when it comes to placing the action at the beginning of the current terrible Kali Yuga. Luis Gonzalez-Reimann discusses the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Luis González Reimann
ISBN: 082045530X 9780820455303
OCLC Number: 222947604
Description: pages cm.
Series Title: Asian thought and culture, vol. 51.
Responsibility: Luis Gonzales-Reimann.

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"This book questions the conventional wisdom that a fully matured theory of the yugas - Hinduism's ages of the world - is integral to the Mahabharata, and it illustrates how traditional commentators and modern scholars have read the later Puranic yuga theory into the Mahabharata, in particular when it comes to placing the action at the beginning of the current terrible Kali Yuga. Luis Gonzalez-Reimann discusses the meaning of key terms in the epic by examining the text and early Buddhist sources. This book also traces the sectarian appropriation of the yuga system in later literature and documents how modern religious movements have used the system to proclaim the arrival of a new, prosperous Krta Yuga, a phenomenon that coincides with New Age expectations."--Jacket.

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