Essay on The Epic Of The Mahabharata

1173 Words Feb 29th, 2016 5 Pages
The Mahabharata is an ancient, Indian epic that is still studied today by many researchers. The history of this epic has help lead to the Indian culture and beliefs that are still practiced through Hinduism. The background behind the Mahabharata serves as an inspiration to many Indians throughout India. The Mahabharata is combined with the Ramayana which embodies the Indian cultures heritage (Buck xiii). The Mahabharata is a story of the horrific struggle in a battle between two branches of the same Indian ruling family. The epic provides a social, moral, and cosmological background to the story today. No researcher knows when the battle took place. It is thought to have occurred over a series of nine-hundred years between the second century B.C. and the second century A.D. (Buck xiv). The Mahabharata is believed to be preserved in folk tales of the ruling tribes during the battle: Pandavas and the Kurus. During the time of the battle, Aryan tribes were beginning to settle in India. The Aryan tribes have been mentioned in later documents before the Mahabharata supporting their presence in the area. The composer of the epic has helped to lead researchers to more textual evidence. The warriors are described as performing heroic actions, and showing high moral standards (Buck xv). The main goal of the epic is for the Indians to understand moral confrontation rather than strictly study the actions that took place during battle. In order to explain the phenomena of war and…

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