By Elizabeth Seeger, Valmiki, Gordon Laite (illustrator)
The Ramayana is among the nice Sanskrit epics of India, the opposite being the Mahabharata. it's believed to were composed someday among the 8th and 6th centuries BCE by means of the Hindu sage Valmiki. The characters within the Ramayana are all primary to the cultural attention of India, Nepal, and plenty of south-east Asian international locations corresponding to Thailand and Indonesia.
The Ramayana tells the heroic story of Rama, an incarnation of the Hindu supreme-god Vishnu, whose spouse Sita is kidnapped via Ravana, the king of Lanka. finishing with the inevitable triumph of excellent over evil, it really is performed out in a universe populated by means of larger-than-life people, gods and celestial beings, wondrous animals and terrifying demons. yet just like the Mahabharata, the Ramayana is greater than only a tale: it additionally provides the lessons of old Hindu sages in narrative allegory, interspersing philosophical and devotional components, all of which proceed to interact the curiosity of philosophers and theologians.