Richard Barz Richard.Barz at ANU.EDU.AU
Tue Dec 1 23:20:00 UTC 1998

I don't have any comment on daivam or 'fate' or 'destiny' in pre-classical
kshatriya culture, but my article "Free Will in the Ramayan of Bhanubhakt"
in M. Thiel-Horstmann (ed) Ramayana and Ramayanas (Harrassowitz,
Wiesbaden:1991) might be of interest for later views on fate in South Asia.

Richard Barz
ANU, Canberra

>Does anyone have a good translation for epic 'daivam'?
>'Fate' or 'destiny' seem to be terms which have very little relation to
>pre-classical kshatriya culture.
>I am aware of Shulman's article in the Heesterman Festschrift, but that is
>not conclusive.
>Devaat Aagatam does not really help us too much in explaining what is
>action for an epic kshatriya.
>                                Kevin McGrath.
>Sanskrit Dept.
>Harvard College.

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