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Three tellings, four models and differing perceptions : the contruction of female sexuality in the Rāmāyaṇa

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Three tellings, four models and differing perceptions : the contruction of female sexuality in the Rāmāyaṇa

Ramachandran, Tanisha (2000) Three tellings, four models and differing perceptions : the contruction of female sexuality in the Rāmāyaṇa. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The Ramayan[dotbelow]a has been used as a model for appropriate behavior for Hindus throughout the world. Hinduism, like many other religions, uses examples of morality derived from divine sources. The two epics, the Mahabharata, and Ramayan[dotbelow]a, occupy a unique position in the lives of Hindus. They serve, in effect, as a guide to appropriate conduct. The Ramayan[dotbelow]a is filled with tales, which depict, above all, dharma. Rama, the king of Ayodhya, is presented as the quintessence of ethical action. Although Sita, his wife, has been singled out as the representation of the pure woman, the Ramayan[dotbelow]a contains many characters that conform to or reject this notion of gender and sexuality. In this manner, ideal sexuality is not represented solely by Sita. To illustrate (speaking only in a prescriptive manner) a pan "Hindu" concept of sexuality, the focus of this research will be limited to four characters, Sita, Sabari, Surpan[dotbelow]akha and Ayomukhi in the Aran[dotbelow]yakan[dotbelow]d[dotbelow]a of Valmiki's Ramayan[dotbelow]a , Tulsidas' Ramacaritmanas and Kampa n 's Iramavataram . The purpose, is not simply to point out the subjugated position of women in this epic, rather it is also to illustrate the dependent and fluid nature of female sexuality.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Religion
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Ramachandran, Tanisha
Pagination:iv, 71 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Religion
Date:2000
Thesis Supervisor(s):Orr, Leslie
ID Code:1198
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:17
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:19
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