Mini-Series 1.4. Surpanakha: Between Lust and Loneliness

Have you ever heard of the great Hindu Epic, the Ramayana? Maybe you have, maybe you haven’t. But chances are, you probably don’t know of the seductress Surpanakha, sister of the King of Demons? Join us this episode as we forge into the forests of Ayodhya as we follow the story of Surpanakha, a demon woman whose actions ultimately lead to a kidnapping and major war between two kingdoms. Then listen in on our discussion as we re-envision the story from multiple perspectives, examining the roles of multiple characters and untangling the feelings and motives of a lonely woman.

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Show Notes:

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Sources:

Basu, A. (2022, May 29). Ramayana. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved June 1, 2022, from https://www.worldhistory.org/The_Ramayana/

De, A. (2020, June 21). VU Digital Repository: Surpanakha’s Mutilation or That of Womanhood? An Inquiry into Two Feminist Retellings. http://Inet.Vidyasagar.Ac.in:8080/Jspui/Handle/123456789/5432. Retrieved June 1, 2022, from http://inet.vidyasagar.ac.in:8080/jspui/handle/123456789/5432

N. (2021, August 16). The Untold Story of Ravana’s sister Surpanakha. Detechter. Retrieved June 1, 2022, from https://detechter.com/ravanas-sister-surpanakha/

Ramayana | Summary, Characters, & Facts. (n.d.). Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved June 1, 2022, from https://www.britannica.com/topic/Ramayana-Indian-epic

Surpanakha – Dreadful Demoness or Wronged Damsel? (2020, March 17). Dolls of India. Retrieved June 1, 2022, from https://www.dollsofindia.com/library/surpanakha/

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