Reading Notes: Ramayana Part D

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Kumbhakarna has to be my favorite section in this reading. This is probably the part that I will write my story over. Kumbhakarna is Ravana’s brother, and also known as one of the greatest soldiers. It reminds me of the hulk, or a really powerful comic character. He used to devour humans and destroy everything in the entire universe, he was that strong and powerful. The problem was after his attacks he would sleep for 6 months to only wake for 1 day, eat a tremendous meal, then sleep again. Ravana’s group decided it was mandatory to have Kumbhakarna in battle against Rama and his, so they blew trumpets and raided him with elephants, anything to awake him. I thought it was funny that the simple caress of a woman awoke him immediately, though unhappy and questionably. They fed him everything they could (human beings included), and he wasn’t satisfied. He wanted apes as well. Sugriva and Hanuman didn’t fare well against the giant, as the trees and boulders didn’t phase him. The giant won, seized Sugriva, carrying him on his chariot.

The giant went against Rama, and Rama sank the giant into the ocean by use of flaming arrows to the head and body. I could create a story where it also relates to biblical versions of Goliath! I’m not really sure that the underdog scenario in David and Goliath is too similar to Rama vs. Kumbhakarna, because I don’t think Rama is ever considered an underdog! But, this was really my favorite scene in the bible when I was a kid, because man if David can defeat a giant, then what’s to fear? But anyways, I think it would be cool to have Goliath as Kumbhakarna, and David as Rama. The story would be set back in biblical times, or I could make it modern with a twist.

Basically, most of the reading is about battles this week. I could really make my own story out of any of the battles, change the characters or the outcome, and go from there. Another cool approach would be to use dialogue and tell a story from Rama’s point of view. Also, I could bring in an outside hero into any story similar to Agastya (who provides Rama advice to defeat Ravana)!

To Rama’s great success, he wins yet another battle, this time leaving Ravana dead. I was really surprised during Sita and Rama. After everything she’s been through, she only wanted what she felt was best for Rama. I loved when Sita was tested then given back to Rama in such joyous emotions.

Rama and Bharata was also a huge favorite of mine! I was overjoyed to see that those sandals came back into the picture and just in time. This would be a great one to write a story over as well!

Ramayana Online: Public Domain Edition with sources used from M. Dutt, R. Dutt, Gould, Griffith, Hodgson, Mackenzie, Nivedita, Oman, Richardson, and Ryder.

Image One: Hanuman and Kumbhakarna battle accessed from Wikimedia Commons.

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