Q: Black Draupadi?
kumar at pixie.udw.ac.za
Thu Aug 21 10:02:02 UTC 1997
> Hence I suppose nor Draupadi, nor Helen, beeing historical or
> ethnical characters, but that's just my opinion.
> Dominique THILLAUD
> Universite' de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France
This is great stuff. I have been waiting for someone to say this. I
think a lot of Indian materials could be understood through comparative
mythology and this might be problematic to those who tend to argue that
there is nothing unique about the Indian materials. But that is not the
point, but what is important to recognize is that many of the characters
of epics and other texts of the Indian traditions have parallels
elsewhere, and this could have happened in the
course of a long interaction between cultures.
Thus it is true for most ordinary people reading
Indian epic texts to consider them as historical
persons, but scholarly treatment of these texts
need to bear in mind all the critical issues
involved in such assumption and therefore should
indulge in serious compartive studies. For
instance, there are many structural relations
between many creation stories present in both
Indian texts as well as western texts such as
Biblical, Babylonian and other mythologies.
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