History Literature / Ramayana

11th Aug '16 1:03:09 PM Morgenthaler
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The ''Ramayana'' is an [[TheEpic Epic]] NarrativePoem written by one of Ancient {{India}}'s oldest poets, Valmiki. It has also been influential in Hinduism as many Hindus celebrate Diwali in honor of the return of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana from exile of 14 years

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The ''Ramayana'' is an [[TheEpic Epic]] NarrativePoem written by one of Ancient {{India}}'s UsefulNotes/{{India}}'s oldest poets, Valmiki. It has also been influential in Hinduism as many Hindus celebrate Diwali in honor of the return of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana from exile of 14 years
4th Aug '16 7:53:44 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* LoopholeAbuse: {{Big Bad}} Ravana wishes to never be defeated by any God, making only an exception for humans since he thinks they don't amount to much. Of course, the (''technically'') human Rama defeats him.

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* LoopholeAbuse: {{Big Bad}} Ravana wishes to never be defeated by any God, making only an exception for humans since he thinks they don't amount to much. Of course, the (''technically'') human Rama defeats him. Vali also has the ability to defeat him [[YouCantThwartStageOne but is a problem all his own.]]



11th Jun '16 5:56:47 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler: A young Dasaratha accientally killed a boy named Shravan Kumar, by mistaking him for a deer and shooting him with his arrows. Shravan's dad, a blind hermit, curses him: since Dasaratha killed his son, albeit by accident, he will also die without having his son by his side... Which is what happens after he banishes Rama to keep his word to Kaikeyi.]]
16th Mar '16 10:21:13 AM Cush1
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** Ravana himself, strangely enough. He is bound by a personal code of conduct, and never forces himself on Sita during the years in captivity, although this might at least be partly attributable to a previous curse [[note]]Ravana tried to marry a woman engaged to his stepson Nalakubara. Nalakubara was angry and said that if Ravana married a woman against her will all of his ten heads would break into pieces[[/note]]. Ravana acquired his great power through performing austerities in honour of Shiva.

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** Ravana himself, strangely enough. He is bound by a personal code of conduct, and never forces himself on Sita during the years in captivity, although this might at least be partly attributable to a previous curse [[note]]Ravana tried to marry a woman engaged to his stepson Nalakubara. Nalakubara was angry and said that if Ravana married a woman against her will all of his ten heads would break into pieces[[/note]]. Ravana acquired his great power through by spending a thousand years performing austerities in honour of Shiva.
25th Jan '16 11:34:07 AM Morgenthaler
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The ''Ramayana'' is a testament to the belief that good will always triumph over evil. Its characters are also what Indians believed to be "ideal" - ie. Rama is the perfect man, Sita is the perfect wife, etc. It has been adapted countless times and reproduced in India, {{Indonesia}}, {{Thailand}}, and most of South East Asia. It is subject to tons of AlternativeCharacterInterpretation and SadlyMythtaken. It also bears some similarities to ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' and ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest''.

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The ''Ramayana'' is a testament to the belief that good will always triumph over evil. Its characters are also what Indians believed to be "ideal" - ie. Rama is the perfect man, Sita is the perfect wife, etc. It has been adapted countless times and reproduced in India, {{Indonesia}}, {{Thailand}}, UsefulNotes/{{Indonesia}}, UsefulNotes/{{Thailand}}, and most of South East Asia. It is subject to tons of AlternativeCharacterInterpretation and SadlyMythtaken. It also bears some similarities to ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' and ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest''.
28th Dec '15 2:15:36 AM priyakm
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The ''Ramayana'' is an [[TheEpic Epic]] NarrativePoem written by one of Ancient {{India}}'s oldest poets, Valmiki.

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The ''Ramayana'' is an [[TheEpic Epic]] NarrativePoem written by one of Ancient {{India}}'s oldest poets, Valmiki.
Valmiki. It has also been influential in Hinduism as many Hindus celebrate Diwali in honor of the return of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana from exile of 14 years



For a darker, longer ancient Indian epic, see the ''Literature/{{Mahabharata}}''. It forms an integral part of Myth/HinduMythology.

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For a darker, longer ancient Indian epic, see the ''Literature/{{Mahabharata}}''. It forms an integral part of Myth/HinduMythology.
Hinduism.



* AnnoyingArrows: Like all Myth/HinduMythology, all battles LOVE this trope.

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* AnnoyingArrows: Like all Myth/HinduMythology, Hindu tales, all battles LOVE this trope.



** Rama is easily the greatest archer in all of Myth/HinduMythology. Even Arjuna of the {{Mahabharata}} doesn't quite match him there.

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** Rama is easily the greatest archer in of all of Myth/HinduMythology.in Hindu literature. Even Arjuna of the {{Mahabharata}} doesn't quite match him there.



** Hanuman is legendary amongst Hindus as the living incarnation of loyalty. Pretty much all his deeds (and there are MANY) are, beyond anything else, shows of devotion and love to Rama. In fact, Hanuman declared that, as long as Rama's name was known and people were devoted to him, he'd stay on Earth. So yes, ''Hanuman became immortal because of how devoted he is to Rama.'' Let that sink in.

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** Hanuman is legendary amongst Hindus as the living incarnation of loyalty. Pretty much all his deeds (and there are MANY) are, beyond anything else, shows of devotion and love to Rama. In fact, Hanuman declared that, as long as Rama's name was known and people were devoted to him, he'd stay on Earth. So yes, ''Hanuman became immortal because of how devoted he is to Rama.'' Let that sink in.''
19th Dec '15 4:35:01 PM Berrenta
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* ForMassiveDamage: Ravana's belly button.
9th Nov '15 8:40:04 PM Angeldeb82
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The epic begins in the city of Ayodhya whose king, Dasaratha, is in despair since he has no children to inherit his kingdom. He performs a great fire sacrifice and his three wives, in consequence, bear four sons: Rama, Bharata, and twins Lakshmana and Shatrughna. When Rama, his eldest and favorite son, turns sixteen, the sage Vishwamitra requests his help in taking down the demons. In other news, the neighboring King Janaka despairs that nobody can complete the EngagementChallenge to win the hand of his beautiful daughter Sita, as many suitors have tried and failed to even ''lift'' the bow of Shiva (which he ordered must be strung). Rama, naturally, ''[[NoKillLikeOverkill breaks]]'' the bow, and marriages are arranged left and right between the two kingdoms. Rama and Sita reside together in peace for about a decade.

Dasaratha, having grown old, is about to hand over his position to Rama, however his youngest and favorite wife Kaikeyi convinces him to fulfil ThePromise he had made years ago. She then asks that Rama be exiled for fourteen years and her son, Bharata, be crowned. Dasaratha reluctantly does so, but [[DeathByDespair he dies of heartbreak not long after]]. Lakshmana tags along with Rama and Sita, leaving his own wife and twin brother behind in Ayodhya. Meanwhile, Bharata finds Rama in the forest and declares that the throne rightfully belongs to the latter. When Rama refuses, Bharata accepts, but threatens to kill himself if Rama doesn't promptly return when his exile ends.

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The epic begins in the city of Ayodhya whose king, Dasaratha, is in despair since he has no children to inherit his kingdom. He performs a great fire sacrifice and his three wives, in consequence, bear four sons: Rama, Bharata, and twins Lakshmana and Shatrughna. When Rama, his eldest and favorite son, turns sixteen, the sage Vishwamitra requests his help in taking down the demons. In other news, the neighboring King Janaka despairs that nobody can complete the EngagementChallenge to win the hand of his beautiful daughter Sita, as many suitors have tried and failed to even ''lift'' the bow of Shiva (which he ordered must be strung). Rama, naturally, ''[[NoKillLikeOverkill ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill breaks]]'' the bow, and marriages are arranged left and right between the two kingdoms. Rama and Sita reside together in peace for about a decade.

Dasaratha, having grown old, is about to hand over his position to Rama, however his youngest and favorite wife Kaikeyi convinces him to fulfil fulfill ThePromise he had made years ago. She then asks that Rama be exiled for fourteen years and her son, Bharata, be crowned. Dasaratha reluctantly does so, but [[DeathByDespair he dies of heartbreak not long after]]. Lakshmana tags along with Rama and Sita, leaving his own wife and twin brother behind in Ayodhya. Meanwhile, Bharata finds Rama in the forest and declares that the throne rightfully belongs to the latter. When Rama refuses, Bharata accepts, but threatens to kill himself if Rama doesn't promptly return when his exile ends.



The rest of the epic describes the RoaringRampageOfRescue Rama embarks upon with Hanuman -- greatest of the monkey heroes, {{trickster}} archetype, and son of a wind god -- who helps him search for Sita when Sugriva, his leader, is returned to the throne of Kishkinda. Hanuman meets Sita clandestinely in Lanka and asks her to return home with him, but she denies his request, saying that Rama should be the one to rescue her. He is captured by Ravana's forces, but Ravana's righteous brother Vibheeshana convinces Ravana not to kill him and instead only burn his tail. Hanuman then torches the entire city.

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The rest of the epic describes the RoaringRampageOfRescue Rama embarks upon with Hanuman -- greatest of the monkey heroes, {{trickster}} {{t|heTrickster}}rickster archetype, and son of a wind god -- who helps him search for Sita when Sugriva, his leader, is returned to the throne of Kishkinda. Hanuman meets Sita clandestinely in Lanka and asks her to return home with him, but she denies his request, saying that Rama should be the one to rescue her. He is captured by Ravana's forces, but Ravana's righteous brother Vibheeshana convinces Ravana not to kill him and instead only burn his tail. Hanuman then torches the entire city.



* EverythingIsBetterWithMonkeys: Rama and Laxman defeat the whole fearsome demon army of Ravana with a ragtag army of monkeys.

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* EverythingIsBetterWithMonkeys: EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Rama and Laxman defeat the whole fearsome demon army of Ravana with a ragtag army of monkeys.



* HonourBeforeReason: The unquestioning performance of duty, even if it leads to negative consequences, is one of the major themes of the text.

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* HonourBeforeReason: HonorBeforeReason: The unquestioning performance of duty, even if it leads to negative consequences, is one of the major themes of the text.



* {{Nosebleed}}: [[AWorldWidePunomenon Surpanakha proves that women can get it too.]]

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* {{Nosebleed}}: [[AWorldWidePunomenon [[WorldOfPun Surpanakha proves that women can get it too.]]



* VoluntaryShapeShifting: Suparnaka and Maricha. And Ravana.

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* VoluntaryShapeShifting: VoluntaryShapeshifting: Suparnaka and Maricha. And Ravana.



* WeakSauceWeakness: Vali was blessed by Shiva that whoever fight him will loss half of their strength, while Vali himself gain equal strength to their losing power. However, this ability doesn't work on Hanuman, for he's embodiment of Shiva's power as well.

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* WeakSauceWeakness: WeaksauceWeakness: Vali was blessed by Shiva that whoever fight him will loss half of their strength, while Vali himself gain equal strength to their losing power. However, this ability doesn't work on Hanuman, for he's embodiment of Shiva's power as well.



* {{Xenafication}}: Sita in a later, Shakta re-adaptation of this story, which also acts as a sequel, ''The Adbhuta Ramayana'', Rama must now fight Ravana's even-more-powerful brother ([[NamesTheSame also named ''Ravana'']]). However, things are going pretty darn crappy for Rama until Sita [[BigDamnHeroes comes along and morphs into the Goddess, Kali,]] lays waste to Ravana & his army and saves the day!

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* {{Xenafication}}: Sita in a later, Shakta re-adaptation of this story, which also acts as a sequel, ''The Adbhuta Ramayana'', Rama must now fight Ravana's even-more-powerful brother ([[NamesTheSame also named ''Ravana'']]). named]] ''[[NamesTheSame Ravana]]''). However, things are going pretty darn crappy for Rama until Sita [[BigDamnHeroes comes along and morphs into the Goddess, Kali,]] Kali]], lays waste to Ravana & his army and saves the day!
1st Aug '15 1:43:49 PM SpukiKitty
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* {{Xenafication}}: Sita in a later, Shakta re-adaptation of this story, which also acts as a sequel, ''The Adbhuta Ramayana'', Rama must now fight Ravana's even-more-powerful father ([[NamesTheSame also named ''Ravana'']]). However, things are going pretty darn crappy for Rama until Sita [[BigDamnHeroes comes along and morphs into the Goddess, Kali,]] lays waste to Ravana & his army and saves the day!

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* {{Xenafication}}: Sita in a later, Shakta re-adaptation of this story, which also acts as a sequel, ''The Adbhuta Ramayana'', Rama must now fight Ravana's even-more-powerful father brother ([[NamesTheSame also named ''Ravana'']]). However, things are going pretty darn crappy for Rama until Sita [[BigDamnHeroes comes along and morphs into the Goddess, Kali,]] lays waste to Ravana & his army and saves the day!
9th Jun '15 7:40:13 PM TastySauce
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[[caption-width-right:350:Ravi Verma's depiction of Ravana abducting Sita]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Ravi Verma's depiction of Ravana abducting Sita]]Sita being abducted]]



''The Ramayana'' is a testament to the belief that good will always triumph over evil. Its characters are also what Indians believed to be "ideal" - ie. Rama is the perfect man, Sita is the perfect wife, etc. It has been adapted countless amount of times and has been reproduced in India, {{Indonesia}}, {{Thailand}}, and most of South East Asia. It is subject to tons of {{alternative character interpretation}} and SadlyMythtaken. It also bears some similarities with ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' and ''JourneyToTheWest''.

For a darker, longer ancient Indian epic, see ''The Literature/{{Mahabharata}}''. It forms an integral part of Myth/HinduMythology.

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''The Ramayana'' The ''Ramayana'' is a testament to the belief that good will always triumph over evil. Its characters are also what Indians believed to be "ideal" - ie. Rama is the perfect man, Sita is the perfect wife, etc. It has been adapted countless amount of times and has been reproduced in India, {{Indonesia}}, {{Thailand}}, and most of South East Asia. It is subject to tons of {{alternative character interpretation}} AlternativeCharacterInterpretation and SadlyMythtaken. It also bears some similarities with to ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' and ''JourneyToTheWest''.

''Literature/JourneyToTheWest''.

For a darker, longer ancient Indian epic, see ''The Literature/{{Mahabharata}}''.the ''Literature/{{Mahabharata}}''. It forms an integral part of Myth/HinduMythology.



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