Gods, Demons, and Others - Study Guide Three; Ravana, Valmiki, Draupadi Summary & Analysis

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Ravana: Ravana is first known as Dasagreeva, and is later given the name Ravana, which literally means "scream", by Shiva. Ravana is born with ten heads and twenty arms. His brothers and sister, all born at the same time, are Kumbhakarna, Soorpanakha and Vibhishana, all of whom are portents of evil, save the last. Their step-brother, Kubera, is a man of great respectability because of his tapas, and the brothers go into seclusion in the hopes that they will gain strength and honor through penance as well. They meditate for thousands of years, Ravana in hopes of obtaining immortality. To Ravana, for his penance, Brahma grants indestructibility at the hand of any god or celestial being, and that if one of his heads is cut off, it will grow right back. The brothers return now to the world to...

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