Traces	of	the	Ramayana	and	Mahabharata	in	Javanese	and	Malay	Literature

Traces of the Ramayana and Mahabharata in Javanese and Malay Literature

by Ding Choo Ming

Local renderings of the two Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata in Malay and Javanese literature have existed since around the ninth and tenth centuries. In the following centuries new versions were created alongside the old ones, and these opened up interesting new directions. They questioned the views of previous versions and laid different accents, in a continuous process of modernization and adaptation, successfully satisfying the curiosity of their audiences for more than a thousand years. 

Much of this history is still unclear. For a long time, scholarly research made little progress, due to its preoccupation with problems of origin. The present volume, going beyond identifying sources, analyses the socio-literary contexts and ideological foundations of seemingly similar contents and concepts in different periods; it examines the literary functions of borrowing and intertextual referencing, and calls upon the visual arts to illustrate the independent character of the epic tradition in Southeast Asia.

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Preliminary pages
1. Introduction
2. The Rāmāyana in Java and Bali: Chapters from its Literature History
3. Abimanyu Gugur: The Death of Abimanyu in Classical and Modern Indonesian and Malay Literature
4. Drona's Betrayal and Bima's Brutality: Javanaiserie in Malay Culture
5. Ramayana and Mahabharata in Hikayat Misa Taman Jayeng Kusuma
6. The Death of Śalya: Balinese Textual and Iconographic Representations of the Kakawin Bhāratayuddha
7. The Illustrated Astabrata in Pakualaman Manuscript Art
8. Index
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  • Number of Pages : 229
  • Publisher : ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Weight : 358g
  • Product Code : 9789814786577
  • Dimension : 152 x 229 mm

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Ding Choo Ming

Ding Choo Ming is Professor Emeritus of Malay Literature at the National University of Malaysia.