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Wendy Doniger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199360079

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.001.0001

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The History of Ekalavya 1

The History of Ekalavya 1

(p.547) The History of Ekalavya1
On Hinduism

Wendy Doniger

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the lower castes in India by citing the story of Ekalavya, the earliest version of which comes from the Mahabharata. The Ekalavya story is not only about feats of archery but also about social reform and the virtue of devotion to the guru. The Dalits use the story of Ekalavya for their own purposes; they want him to revolt.

Keywords:   lower castes, India, Ekalavya, Mahabharata, archery, social reform, devotion, guru, Dalits

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