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Forgotten Sītā : the significance of the Mother Goddess in the Rāmāyaṇa

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Author

Kumar, Anthony Amit

Date

2016

Degree

Master of Arts in Religious Studies

Committee

Iwamura, Jane N.
Shakya, Miroj
Gabriel, Victor

Abstract

This thesis will explore the purpose of Sītā throughout the various Rāmāyaṇas. Rāma is known as the Supreme Being and his divine energy or Śakti is known as the Mother Goddess. They have been together since the beginning of Hindu mythology, cooperating with the events of the universe. First, I will explain the depths of the Mother Goddess and some of her distinctive forms that are relevant to the Rāmāyaṇas. Secondly, I will explore the events of the Rāmāyaṇas and how the Mother Goddess influenced the majority of the events. Finally, I will explore the various roles of Sītā as the Mother Goddess and how her roles should be considered the most substantial sacrifices of anyone else in the Rāmāyaṇas. Rāma is considered the main character, however, my analysis provides more clarity of Sītā’s contributions to the Rāmāyaṇa and how she was more active in the series of events and its outcomes.

Degree Granter

University of the West

ISBN

9781369183511

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