Essay about The Epic Of The Ramayana

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In the Ramayana by R.K. Narayan, Narayan tells a historical-mythical folk tale that explains religion, social organization, and politics that occurred in early India. The concern throughout this story was whether the young Rama, son of Emperor Dasaratha, would be able to defeat the demons. Rama ventures alongside his brother, Lakshmana, and their mentor, Viswamithra, to defeat these demons. As soon as Rama had completed the journey Viswamithra set out for him, he came upon Mithila where he would meet his wife Sita. The people in Kosala and the emperor became aware of Rama’s accomplishments and wanted him to become the next emperor as it would be time for Dasaratha to step down from the throne. Due to Dasaratha promising his favorite wife that her son would take the throne Rama was exiled for 14 years and along came with him Sita and Lakshmana. Sita got kidnapped and Rama and Lakshmana were on another mission, but this time it was to find her. The Ramayana tells of missions that Rama went on and his achievements through these journeys as well as explaining the social ranking of people and their beliefs and how some of these beliefs reflected to that of other civilizations.
Mesopotamia had similar beliefs that were portrayed in The Ramayana. Mesopotamia in 1500 BCE went through a transition in politics when it went from ensis (governors) to lugals (proto-kings). Kings ruled from temples or their own palaces. Rulers were more commonly advised, the “Priests and bureaucrats…

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