The Bhagavad-Gītā Sections of the Old Javanese Bhīṣmaparwa, Text-Building and the Formation of the State in Pre-modern Indonesia

  • Thomas M. Hunter


This chapter, on cultural connections between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and India is based on a close comparison of the Bhagavad-gıtā sections of the Sanskrit Bhıṣma-parvan and the Old Javanese Bhıṣma-parwa. This comparison will show us that the Old Javanese Bhıṣmaparwa is not so much an abridgement by a single author of the Sanskrit original as one of many works that belie the multiple voices of a pedagogical tradition that had a profound influence on the shaping of the courtly and political culture of Java in the tenth century ce.


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  • Thomas M. Hunter
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  1. 1.Department of Asian StudiesUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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