Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Project Idea: Reincarnation

The epics feature some characters whose past incarnations are profoundly connected to their epic identity, and you can use your class project this semester to learn more about reincarnation in the Indian tradition.

Research Tip: Start with the Wikipedia articles about Reincarnation and also about Samsara, Moksa, and Nirvana. You can also learn about Sita's past life as Vedavati, Draupadi's past life as Nalayani, and you get to see Amba's own vow to reincarnate as Shikhandi. Some people consider Vali from the Ramayana to have returned as Jara (the hunter who kills Krishna) in the Mahabharata, while others think he is Arjuna (as both have Indra for their father). Kaikeyi from the Ramayana returns as Devaki in the Mahabharata, while Kaushalya returns as Yashoda.

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