Mythology (Myth) | Critical Essay by Jaan Puhvel

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Critical Essay by Jaan Puhvel

SOURCE: "Epic India," in Comparative Mythology, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1987, pp. 68-93.

In the essay that follows, Puhvel discusses the ancient epics of Indiathe Ramayana and the Mahabharata—considering in particular the intermingling of myth and history in these complex narratives.

The five-century time span of roughly 800 to 300 B.C.E. effects the transition from Vedic to classical culture. Its early stages fit such tags as "later Vedic" or "post-Vedic," and the latter centuries qualify as "pre-classical" or "early classical." It is punctuated by a series of crucial cultural events. About the sixth century B.C.E. India becomes literate. By 500 Gautama Siddhartha preaches in Magadha and has launched Buddhism, in considerable measure beholden to post-Vedic Samkhya and Yoga philosophies and thus presupposing the earlier rise of the latter. About 400 the activity of grammarians (notably Panini...

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