The Epic Of The Ramayana Of Valmiki

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The Ramayana of Valmiki is one of the great Hindu epics in literature and has greatly influenced Indian society. According to M.V. Kamath, a veteran indian journalist “The Ramayana is not just a story: it presents India 's culture, its philosophical foundation in all its variety and glory. As Hinduism spread in South-east Asia, so did the Ramayana, in countries like Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Malaysia.” The influence of the epic poem has has been profoundly strengthened and sanctified within domestic familial relations and its characters are the models of which the culture yearns.
The story explores the theme of human values and virtues, and many of its characters portray ideal figures in society. The titular character Rama, the eldest and most favored son of King Dasharatha is portrayed as the perfect son, husband and an excellent warrior – he is referred to as “the best of men” on occasion and lives his life on the principle of righteousness. As a result, these qualities have earned him the praise and respect of everyone in their kingdom, as well as the favor of the Gods. Just as Rama is the ideal man, his wife, Sita is portrayed as the ideal woman and she is highly devoted to her husband, confident in his abilities and obedient, she loves him unconditionally and thinks of no other.
These are the standards that men and women are held to in many Indian cultures. However, from the view of western audiences there is a lack of parity
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