9780814740668

How the Nagas Were Pleased & The Shattered Thighs

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  • ISBN13:

    9780814740668

  • ISBN10:

    0814740669

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-03-01
  • Publisher: New York Univ Pr

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Summary

Two tragic plays that break the rules: both show the hero dying on stage, a scenario forbidden in Sanskrit dramaturgy. King Harsha's play, composed in the seventh century, re-examines the Buddhist tale of a magician prince who makes the ultimate sacrifice to save a hostage snake (naga).The Shattered Thighs, attributed to Bhasa, the illustrious predecessor to ancient Kali·dasa, transforms a crucial episode of the Maha·bhárata war. As he dies from a foul blow to the legs delivered in his duel with Bhima, Duryódhana's character is inverted, depicted as a noble and gracious exemplar amidst the wreckage of the fearsome battle scene.

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