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Journal of Vaishnava Studies

Volume 14 No. 2, Spring 2006

Contents

Introduction
    Simon Brodbeck and Brian Black

Disappearing Dragons and Russian Dolls: Unpacking the Vrtrahatya in the Aranyakaparva
    Lynn Thomas

Extracting the Katha-Amrta (elixir of Story): Creation, Ritual, Sovereignty and Textual Structure in the Sanskrit Mahabharata
    James M. Hegarty

The Ideology of Self-Willed Death in the Epic Mahabharata
    Nick Sutton

Myth and Ideology of the Imperial Kxatriya: Viewing the Mahabharata from Here and Now
    Simon Brodbeck

Yoga and the Mahabharata: Engaged Renouncers
    Christopher Key Chapple

Karma-yoga as Sacrifice: Tracing the Continuity of Ideas from the Vedas to the Mahabharata
   Irina Kuznetsova

Avenging the Violation of Draupadi (and Bharata Mata) in Badrinatha Bhatta's Kuru-vana-dahana
    Pamela Lothspeich

Like Suns Risen at the End of Time: Metaphor and Meaning in the Mahabharata
    Vaughan Pilikian

Book Reviews
    E. H. Rick Jarow, Bradley F. Clough

About the Contributors


CONTRIBUTORS:

Brian Black received his Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University, where he is currently a researcher working on a project entitled "Epic Constructions: Gender, Myth and Society in the Mahabharata."

Simon Brodbeck received his Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, taught in the Sanskrit Department at the University of Edinburgh, and is currently a researcher on the Arts and Humanities Research Council project "Epic Constructions: Gender, Myth and Society in the Mahabharata."

Christopher Chapple, Professor of Theological Studies and Associate Academic Vice President at Loyola Marymount University.

James M. Hegarty is a lecturer in Indian religions at the University of Cardiff where he teaches Sanskrit, early South Asian literature, and the anthropology of performance in South Asia.  His doctoral dissertation focused on the Sanskrit Mahabharata    

Irina Kuznetsova's current Ph.D. dissertation is "Dharma in Ancient Indian Thought: Tracing the Continuity of Ideas from the Vedas to the Mahabharata." She works as a Lector in Sanskrit and Hindi at the University of Cambridge.

Pamela Lothspeich received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from Columbia University, and is currently teaching courses in Hindi and South Asian literature and culture at Michigan State University.

Vaughan Pilikian has an M.A. in Classics from Cambridge University and an M.Phil. in Sanskrit from Oxford University.  He was a Frank Knox Scholar at Harvard.

Bruce M. Sullivan is Professor of Religious Studies and Asian Studies at Northern Arizona University is Flagstaff, Arizona.  He has co-authored two volumes on Mahabharata-based Sanskrit dramas.

Nick Sutton is the Director of Continuing Education at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies with a role of devising and delivering courses in Hindu Studies designed for the British Hindu community.  He has published a book and a number of articles on the Mahabharata and Hindu religious though in general.

Lynn Thomas is a Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at Roehampton University.  She has degrees in Religious Studies from the University of Lancaster and a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford.