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The <i>Rāmāyaṇa</i> Theme in the Visual Arts of South and Southeast Asia

Mandakranta Bose

in The Ramayana Revisited

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780195168327
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835362 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195168321.003.0015
 The Rāmāyaṇa Theme in the Visual Arts of South and Southeast Asia

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This chapter examines the theme of the Rāmāyaṇa in the visual arts of South and Southeast Asia. The theme has captivated the minds and imagination of people across a vast geographical area extending from West Asia to Southeast Asia and East Asia. Above all, there is the phenomenon of the amazing tenacity of the oral traditions which has facilitated the survival and continuance of the traditions of the Rāmāyaṇa in contemporary Asia. Even when the theme seems to run dry, it never dies, for the oral tradition sustains it. The oral tradition has also supported, supplemented, and complemented the traditions of the written word and of art.

Keywords: visual arts; West Asia; Southeast Asia; contemporary Asia; written word; art

Chapter.  7458 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Hinduism

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