A Divine King in the Western Himalayas

William S. Sax

in Dancing the Self

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780195139150
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199871650 | DOI:
 A Divine King in the Western Himalayas

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Focuses on a valley in Western Garhwal that is ”ruled” by the divine king Karna, a figure from the Mahabharata. Nearby are other similar ”divine kingdoms,” ruled by Duryodhana and the demon Mahasu. The chapter argues that Karna incorporates the figures of king, brahman, and renouncer into his personality, and that he embodies the collective agency of the realm over which he rules.

Keywords: agency; brahman; Garhwal; Karna; king; Mahabharata; renouncer

Chapter.  14238 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Hinduism

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