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Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by aneeshm, Mar 11, 2007.

  1. aneeshm

    aneeshm Deity

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    I just came across the story of Dushyant and Shakuntala in the Mahabharat, and I just had to post it here. Be warned - it's rather long.

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    That's the end of it.
     
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    A short summary, for those who can't be bothered to read the whole thing:

    The King Dushyant, when on a hunting trip, encounters the beautiful ascetic Shakuntala, the daughter of a sage, and convinces her to wed him on the spot, by the Gandharva form of marriage (a form in which a man and a woman decide to have relations, after which they are considered legally married). She agrees, on the condition that her son shall inherit the throne. He agrees, and they indulge themselves. After that, he promises to send for her. He doesn't. She waits for him for fifteen years, and raises his son in her father's ashram. After that, they decide to go and ask the king for their rightful due.

    They go to the capital, and she addresses the king, telling him that he must keep his word. Though he remembers everything, he tries to disown her and tries to disown his own son. At that, she launches into a long denunciation, and condemns him. She is a very, very strong character, and the story is written form a point of view sympathetic to her - something which is rare in religious literature (very few stories are written from the POV of the woman). She tells him that he is absolutely and unequivocally in the wrong. After that, she leaves.

    Then, a voice from the heavens commands him to accept his wife and his son. Dumbstruck at this, he hastily launches into a justification of his actions. :lol:

    The real beauty of the story is in the way the authors have resolutely stuck up for the rights of the wronged woman.
     
  4. Red Door

    Red Door Man of Mayhem

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    This guy, Jesus, walked around Palestine telling the Israelites the correct way to be Jewish, but they didn't like that, so they ratted him out to the Romans, and the Romans hung him on a cross.
     
  5. Tomoyo

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    This one's my favorite.
     
  6. Bluemofia

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    Tomoyo... Did you make that one up by yourself?

    My favorite that I've read (haven't read many), is the tale of Ragnarök.
     
  7. Tomoyo

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    No, I didn't..
     
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    Where did you get it from then? It seems too strange/modern to be an old one.
     
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    Milton's Paradise lost.

    Says Satan: "Better to reign in hell then to serve in heaven".

    And in his war with God he used blasphemous canons whilst the virtuous angels used swords n stuff.

    A nice easy flowing read.

    Faust is nice, and dough tragically my German stinks there is a very good Swedish translation that is said to equal the original, but its out of print so I have only read one third of it, but that alone surely gripped my soul.
     
  11. Swedishguy

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    Mine too! Ragna-rock and roll, as the yanks would say! :D
     
  12. Mr. Dictator

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    ah, someone's beaten me to the ragnarok.

    such an epic tale.
     
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    GoldEagle Deity of All Drummers

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    How about the one about a God that makes a bunch of people and gives them free will, but if they use that free will to not believe in him, he sends them to a fiery place called Hell.
     
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    GE

    That is what Paradise lost is about!:D
     

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