Tag: Hiltebeitel

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  • Ancillary stories in the Mahabharata

    Ancillary stories in the Mahabharata

    Hiltebeitel’s devoted shishya Adluri and his chela Bagchee have edited a superb collection of papers by 12 Mahabharata (MB) scholars with Hiltebeitel at both ends. The theme is his proposition that “sub-tales” are not fringe episodes but are central to the MB’s architectonics. Goldman’s Foreword notes that thematic proximity characterises these stories. Adluri’s fine Introduction …

    October 15, 2017
  • Ahimsa in the most violent of epics

    Ahimsa in the most violent of epics

    Hiltebeitel has been keenly interested in parts of the Mahabharata (MB) usually considered tedious philosophical discourses added in later times. The discovery of the Spitzer manuscript in the Qizil caves of Xinjiang (circa 100-300 BCE) in Brahmi listing the parvas of the MB (except Anushasana and possibly Virata) indicate that Shanti Parva was then part …

    August 20, 2017