Thursday, December 16, 2010

Indian Epic Storybooks: Birth Stories, Death Stories

The epics are filled with stories about bizarre births and dramatic deaths. The main challenge you face with either of these topics is simply in choosing which specific birth stories or death stories you want to include in your Storybook - and whether you want to focus on birth or on death or on both; with so many possible stories, it's not an easy choice.

Here are some past Storybooks about birth and Storybooks about death that can give you some ideas.

For more stories to consider, consider these links:

BIRTH

All the major characters from the Ramayana have unusual birth stories: Rama and his brothers, Sita, and Hanuman. So too for the heroes and heroines of the Mahabharata: Bhishma, Satyavati, the brothers Dhritarashtra and Pandu, Karna, the Pandavas, the Kauravas, Draupadi, Sikhandin and Parikshit.

DEATH

Some of the most dramatic moments in the epics involve the deaths of the characters (often, but not only, in battle). Here are some characters to consider from the Ramayana: Dasharatha, Maricha, Jatayu, Vali, Kumbhakarna, Indrajit, and Ravana. Likewise from the Mahabharata: Pandu, Madri, Kichaka, Bhishma, Abhimanyu, Jayadratha, Ghatotkacha, Drona, and Duryodhana.

You might also want to read about the god of death, Yama, who is shown in the image of a statue below:


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