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  • Published: 30 June 2009
  • ISBN: 9780140446814
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 912
  • RRP: $32.99

The Mahabharata



This selection by John D. Smith includes an introduction on the nature and fundamental themes of the Mahabharata, the events of story and the massive cast of characters appearing in it, and its importance to India and Hinduism.

The Mahabharata is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India. It is of immense importance to the culture of the Indian subcontinent, and is a major text of Hinduism. Its discussion of human goals (artha or 'purpose', kama or 'pleasure', dharma or 'duty', and moksha or 'liberation') takes place in a long-standing tradition, attempting to explain the relationship of the individual to society and the world (the nature of the 'Self') and the workings of karma.

  • Published: 30 June 2009
  • ISBN: 9780140446814
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 912
  • RRP: $32.99

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