The Mahābhārata and the Yugas: India's Great Epic Poem and the Hindu System of World Ages

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D.C., 2002 - 298 páginas
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This book questions the conventional wisdom that a fully matured theory of the yugas - Hinduism's ages of the world - is integral to the Mahābhārata, and it illustrates how traditional commentators and modern scholars have read the later Purāṇic yuga theory into the Mahābhārata, in particular when it comes to placing the action at the beginning of the current terrible Kali Yuga. Luis Gonzalez-Reiman discusses the meaning of key terms in the epic by examining the text and early Buddhist sources. This book also traces the sectarian appropriation of the yuga system in later literature and documents how modern religious movements have used the system to proclaim the arrival of a new, prosperous Kṛta Yuga, a phenomenon that coincides with New Age expectations."

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Introduction
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Time and Destiny in the Mahabhdrata
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The End of the Yuga
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The Author: Luis González-Reimann received his M.A. in South Asian studies from El Colegio de México and his Ph.D. in South Asian studies from the University of California at Berkeley, where he is currently a lecturer. He is the author of <I>Tiempo cíclico y eras del mundo en la India and La Maitrāyaṇīya Upaniṣad as well as of several scholarly articles.

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