Draupadi in the Mahabharata

Black, Brian (2013) Draupadi in the Mahabharata. Religion Compass, 7 (5). 169–178. ISSN 1749-8171

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Abstract

This paper will explore three dimensions of Draupadī’s literary personality: (1) as a divine figure with a cosmic destiny; (2) as an enraged and defenseless victim of sexual abuse; and (3) as a female scholar (paṇḍitā),who contributes to the Mahābhārata’s programmatic examination of dharma (justice). By looking at these three interconnected aspects of her character, the paper will trace her main appearances in the story, engage with scholarly discussions about her literary persona, and reflect upon how Draupadī provides a unique perspective from which to appreciate the Mahābhārata.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Religion Compass
ID Code:
74723
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Deposited On:
24 Jul 2015 09:06
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Yes
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Published
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26 Jul 2020 02:04