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Janamejaya's big brother: new light on the Mahabharata's frame story.

Brodbeck, Simon Pearse 2009. Janamejaya's big brother: new light on the Mahabharata's frame story. Religions of South Asia 2 (2) , pp. 161-176.

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Abstract

This article explores the story of Parikṣit in the Mahābhārata and suggests an interpretation whereby Parikṣit’s eldest son opted out of Parikṣit’s patriline, preferring that of his mother. This interpretation is supported by reference to various similar stories within the Mahābhārata and elsewhere. The article then suggests that several different Mahābhārata characters may be seen as parallel representations of Parikṣit’s eldest son. Finally, the article offers an explanation of the Mahābhārata’s oblique narrative strategy and reflects on the implications of these interpretations for the study of the text as a whole.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
Publisher: Equinox
ISSN: 1751-2689
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Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:39
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/24427

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