Santosh N. Desai (essay date 1969)
SOURCE: Desai, Santosh N. “Ramayana— An Instrument of Historical Contact and Cultural Transmission between India and Asia.” Journal of Asian Studies 30, no. 1 (November 1970): 5-20.
[In the following essay, Desai surveys a number of versions of the Ramayana in order to trace the spread and transmission of the tale between India and Asia.]
This paper examines the role of the Hindu epic Rāmāyana in the historical and cultural contact between Asia and Hindu India. In the process of this analysis, an attempt will be made to determine and evaluate the nature of the Hindu culture diffused in Asia through Rāma story.
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