The Ramayana

For the past two thousand years the Ramayana has been among the most important literary and oral texts of South Asia. This epic poem provides insights into many aspects of Indian culture and continues to influence the politics, religion and art of modern India. The following material is designed to provide an entry into the study of this tradition. We hope that it will be useful to teachers and students of Indian culture.

This work is collected from the institute, "The Ramayana, an Enduring Tradition: its Text and Context" in 1997 and an earlier Ramayana Institute in 1994, as well as updates from the South Asia Center at Syracuse University. Thanks is due to the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Forum for Global Education which provided funding and to Syracuse University which acted as host. Our greatest gratitude is for the guidance provided by Professor Susan S. Wadley of Syracuse University who designed and led this seminar.