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The Rama Epic

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

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Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe

Bloody battles, daring rescues, passionate romance and a shape-shifting monkey warrior.
One of the world’s greatest works of literature, the Rama epic — the 2,500-year-old classic and its many versions — teems with excitement. The story of Prince Rama’s quest to defeat a powerful demonic king, rescue his abducted wife and re-establish order in the world is also, for many, a sacred tradition. For centuries, this beloved tale has been told again and again through visual and performing arts, literature and religious teachings in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and beyond. Read more.

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