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This front matter section of the book on Mahābhārata Ethnographies contains acknowledgements, introduction, and chronology of works. The book presents twenty articles drawing mainly on his fieldwork on the cult of Draupadi as south Indian goddess and the related cult of Kuttantavar/Aravan. Published originally between 1978 and 2005, these articles provide a comprehensive overview of Hiltebeitels development from his earliest textual studies on the symbolism associated with the goddess to his most recent pieces that discuss the reception and interpretation of the Sanskrit epics in folk and other genres.

Keywords: Draupadi; Mahābhārata



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