Valmiki

The Ramayana
  • The Ramayana

  • Valmiki

    One of India's greatest epics, the Ramayana pervades the country's moral and cultural consciousness. Believed to have been composed by Valmiki sometime between the eighth and sixth centuries BC, the Ramayana tells the tragic and magical story of Rama, the prince of Ayodhya, an incarnation of Lord Visnu, born to rid the earth of the terrible demon Ravana. An idealized heroic tale, the Ramayana is also an intensely personal story of family relationships, love and loss, duty and honour, of harem intrigue, petty jealousies and destructive ambitions - all this played out in a universe populated by larger-than-life humans, gods, wondrous animals and terrifying demons.

John Brockington is Emeritus Professor of Sanskrit in the School of Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He has published widely on Sanskrit literature, especially epics, and is the Secretary General of the International Association of Sanskrit studies. Mary Brockington has published on the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and the Harivamsa, and on traditional tales and early literature in Europe and South Asia. John Brockington is emeritus Professor of Sanskrit in the School of Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He has published widely on Sanskrit literature, especially epics, and is the Secretary General of the International Association of Sanskrit studies. Mary Brockington has published on the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and the Harivamsa, and on traditional tales and early literature in Europe and South Asia.