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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Received October 03, 2016; Revised December 25, 2016; Accepted December 25, 2016; Published January 14, 2017
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.