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Ramayana, cont’d

Sita

  • emblematic of sthridharma (women’s duty)

Rakashas (demons)

  • Ravana, king of rakshasa (region of Lanka)
  • Marica (rakshasa king’s brother) becomes the jeweled deer
  • Surpanakha (the female demon — shamanistic overtones?)

Rama eventually becomes identified with Vishnu, Sita identified with Lakshmi

Monkey kingdom

  • Sugreeva (monkey king)
  • Hanuman (general of monkey armies, incarnation of wind-god Vayu)

Ramarajah (the reign of Rama upon his return)

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