Q: Black Draupadi?

Vidyasankar Sundaresan vidya at cco.caltech.edu
Tue Aug 19 19:54:03 UTC 1997

> the well-known K.r.s.na of Vrindaban, Mathura and Dvaraka. I do not think
> that we can automatically equate a dark complexion with a "tribal"
> background. Thus, Arjuna's brother, Yudhi.s.thira, born of the same mother,
> is said to be of fair complexion in the Mahabharata. Also Draupadi's brother,

Well, the Pandavas and Kauravas are cousins, sharing a common grandfather,
vyAsa, who is also dark-skinned. They belong to the same family, not to
mention tribe. However, all this has not stopped those who interpret the
epic as a war between different tribes. 


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