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The Mahabharata

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If the Iliad is a foundational epic of the West, the Indian equivalent is the Mahabharata. Written about 400 BCE, it tells the story of an intra-family feud culminating in a battle ending the old corrupt age and ushering in the current modern age. Along the way, we meet heroes like Arjuna, the Indian Achilles; strong women like Draupadi, married to five brothers at once; as well as many gods and demons. We hear myths like the romance of Damayanti and her husband, who gambles away his kingdom, and the legend of Savitri, whose devotion to her dead husband persuades the god of death to restore him to life. Besides telling a good story, the Mahabharata marks the evolution of religion in India from Vedic sacrifice to sectarian Hinduism. It displays the tensions between Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism and shows the difficulty of following dharma - the code of conduct for a virtuous life. Join us as we read and discuss this Indian epic.


Class Details

14 Sessions
Weekly - Wed

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.George Krafcisin2.Ken Yoshitani 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
9/11/2019 - 12/11/2019 Weekly - Wed 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Ken Yoshitani  ; George Krafcisin  ClassRoom