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Hanuman's Tale: The Messages of a Divine Monkey

Philip Lutgendorf


This book offers a comprehensive introduction to one of the most beloved and widely worshiped of Hindu deities: the “monkey-god” Hanuman. It details the historical expansion of Hanuman's religious status beyond his role as helper to Rama and Sita, the divine hero and heroine of the ancient Ramayana storytelling tradition. Additionally, it surveys contemporary popular literature and folklore through which Hanuman's mythological biography is celebrated, and describes a range of religious sites and practices that highlight different aspects of his persona. Emphasizing Hanuman's role as a “liminal ... More

Keywords: animals, folklore, Hinduism, Hindu gods, monkeys, mythology, Rama, Ramayana

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195309225
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309225.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Lutgendorf, author
University of Iowa
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