The Death of Sarnbukumāraṉ: Kāma and Its Defense

Stuart Blackburn

in Inside the Drama-House

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 1996 | ISBN: 9780520202054
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916807 | DOI:
The Death of Sarnbukumāraṉ: Kāma and Its Defense

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This chapter describes the puppet play performance of the highly controversial meeting between Śūrpanakhā and Rāma on the banks of the Godavari River, and analyzes the significance of an added episode in which Laksmana kills Śūrpanakhā's son. It argues that the Sambukumarān episode was not inserted into the Kampan epic, but was omitted.

Keywords: Śūrpanakhā; Rāma; puppet play; Laksmana; Kampan epic

Chapter.  8287 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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