Every culture has its great, foundational texts. India has its two great and ancient Hindu epics – the Mahabharata and the Ramayana.
They are big, rip-roaring tales of chariots, kidnappings, gods and demons, love and war. They’re deeply engrained in Indian culture, and have been told and retold for thousands of years – most recently in two big new movies out of India.
We hear the ancient Indian epics and very modern tellings.
Note: This show was first broadcast July 22, 2010.
Wendy Doniger, Sanskrit scholar and expert on Hinduism and mythology. She’s a professor of the history of religions at the University of Chicago. Her books include “The Hindus: An Alternative History.”
This program aired on December 27, 2010.