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Brahmarakshasa in Modern Hindi Literature

Anna Chelnokova1 & Liliia Streltcova2

Associate Professor, Department of Indian Philology, Faculty of Asian and African Studies, St.Petersburg State University, Russia. orcid.org/0000-0002-3077-6382. Email: ladyeng@mail.ru 

Assistant, Department of Theory and Methodology of Teaching Languages and Cultures of Asian and African Countries, St.Petersburg State University, Russia. orcid.org/0000-0001-5729-9136. Email: l.streltcova@spbu.ru

 Volume 8, Number 4, 2016 I Full Text PDF

DOI: 10.21659/rupkatha.v8n4.16

Received October 03, 2016; Revised December  25, 2016; Accepted December  25, 2016; Published January 14, 2017

Abstract

The paper deals with the transformation of the image of Brahmar?kshasa from Vedic to modern times. Authors seek to study several literary tests in Sanskrit (Rig-Veda, Mah?bh?rata, Manusmriti, Pur??as, Pa?catantra etc.) and in modern Hindi (mostly by Gaj?nan M?dhav Muktibodh). Their main goal is to analyze the development of this important but to a great extend forgotten mythological image from the perspective of its most important achievements against their historical background and socio-cultural context. This paper is a modest but the very first attempt to perform such kind of study of the image of Brahmar?kshasa.

Keywords: Brahmar?kshasa, Gaj?nan M?dhav Muktibodh, Sanskrit, myth.

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