Showing posts with label Kamba Ramayana. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kamba Ramayana. Show all posts

Hinduism - What Is The Kamba Ramayana?

 

Kamba Ramayana is the Tamil language version of the Ramayana, the earlier of the two great Hindu epics.

Kamban, a poet from southern India, wrote the Kamba Ramayana in the ninth century.

Kamban did not just transcribe Valmiki's Sanskrit epic, but altered and added to it as he saw appropriate, as he did with all vernacular interpretations of the Ramayana.

His heroic depiction of Ravana, the demon-king, who is the villain in the original narrative, is of particular significance.

Given Kamban's origins in southern India, this move might represent emotions of regional pride.

The island of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean, southeast of the Indian subcontinent, is commonly regarded as Ravana's kingdom of Lanka. 


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