I make a case for Valmiki’s culturally important epic poem, The Ramayana. There might be a flying monkey and a blue guy, but this is a SERIOUS work!
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Here are the links relating to the episode:
Another piece about Valmiki. Look, he deserves two links.
This is a long page that is about more than The Ramayana, but the top half is interesting because it talks about readers who don’t necessarily agree with the “good” that Valmiki tried to imbue his characters with. It’s a good differing point of view.
This is the lovely site that I read from in the show that talks about the symbolism of the blue-skinned god Vishnu and why Rama is blue.
Crash Course YouTube video on The Ramayana.
A little more in depth than the Crash Course, but still short telling of The Ramayana.
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