Epic Heroes Have No Childhood. A Survey of Childhood Descriptions in the Sanskrit Epics, the Mahābhārata and the Rāmāyaṇa.

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Titre
Epic Heroes Have No Childhood. A Survey of Childhood Descriptions in the Sanskrit Epics, the Mahābhārata and the Rāmāyaṇa.
Périodique
Indologica Taurinensia
Auteur(s)
Feller Danielle
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
2012
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
XXXVIII
Pages
65-85
Langue
anglais
Résumé
The two sanskrit epics, the Mahābhārata and the Rāmāyaṇa contain few descriptions of their heroes' childhood. Semantically, childhood implies stupidity, ignorance, and thoughtlessness, at times bordering on cruelty. Usually, the time of childhood is dealt with rather quickly, and seen essentially as a period of formation and learning. In the few instances when specific incidents of a character's childhood are mentioned, they are mostly cast in a negative light and meant to explain why certain untoward events happen subsequently. The young kṣatriyas' exuberant childhood deeds are often frowned upon by the brahmin authors or brahmin protagonists of the story, while the young brahmins are often shown as born with full language skills and knowledge of the Vedas, in order to skip over their time of childhood altogether.
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Mahābhārata, Rāmāyaṇa, Sanskrit epic literature, childhood descriptions, brahmins, kṣatriyas.
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