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Two Ways To Tell A Story: Ālhā In The Bhaviṣya Purāṇa

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This chapter suggests the possibility that links with Mahābhārata are for Ālhā part of its primary process inspiration and lend themselves to its earliest development as oral epic, and that the Elliot Ālhā and Bhavisya Purāna provide us only with fairly recent evidence that this inspiration has been worked in different directions. It takes up first the theme of epic reincarnations - that is, the notion that many major Ālhā heroes and heroines are reincarnations of figures from the Mahābhārata. The chapter then focuses in on the ways in which our two texts portray the key figure of Udal/ Udaya Singh in this regard. Finally, it discusses the relation between the two texts in terms of their contrasting treatments of Rājput society and history.

Keywords: Ālhā Bhavisya Purāna; Mahābhārata; Rājput society; Udal/ Udaya Singh



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