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The Ramayana - The Great Hindu Epic

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Posted 06/13/2020   07:41 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add LaoPhil to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
The Hindu myths are a rich collection of stories that evolved at different places and times. The events in the lives of the gods were told orally for many generations before they were compiled by the poet Maharsi Valmiki into a collection that is considered the largest epic of the Hindu mythology the Ramayana.

The Ramayana is a Sanskrit epic written in India 2500 years ago as part of the Hindu canon - the Smriti. The epic tells the adventures of Lord Rama, an incarnation of the god Vishnu, and it's fighting against Ravana, the demon King.

The Ramayana is a tale of devotion, separation, and reunion and an expression of the eternal battle between good and evil. In general, the epic explores the tenets of human existence and the concept of Dharma - the person's righteous duty on earth.



Maharsi Valmiki writing the Ramayana. Right: Lord Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana, heroes of the Ramayana - India, 1970:


The Ramayana epic was written on palm leaf - Laos, 1972
Designer: Anoulom Souvandoane, Engraver: Roger Fenneteaux:


Old postcard - Laos, 1906:

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Lovely stuff.
Shall enjoy this immensely, Keep it up.
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I agree, Thanks.
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The THAIPEX 05 souvenir sheet features Thai mask play of Ramakien, the Thai version of the Ramayana epic. The stamps depict main characters: Pra Rama and Princess Sida, Thosakan, Hanuman and Rama's battle with Thotsakan.

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This 1962 Indonesia stamp set depicts characters in Ramayara play: Djataju, Hanuman, Dasamuka, Kidang Kentiana, Dewi Sinta, Rama.

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Thank you very much, KuoLC5310, for posting these great sets! Hope to see more from your collection.

Let's meet the Ramayana epic heroes: The main character of the Ramayana is Lord Rama, King of Ayodhya and husband of Sita. Here is a stamp from Laos from 1955, designed by Marc Leguay and engraved by Jean Pheulpin:

Lord Rama is an incarnation of god Vishnu, one of the main Hindu gods and one of the Trimurti, the three supreme gods of Hinduism: Brahma the creator, Shiva the destroyer and Vishnu the maintainer:
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Is LaoPhil the alter ego of Eli?
Welcome to the civilized world.

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Hi Joy,

Nice to meet you here. Yes, it is me, Eli from Israel. Hope you enjoy the Ramayana epic.

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This Laotian Mythology stamp issued in 1971 depicts a fresco portraying underwater duel between Hanuman and Nang Matsa.
(engraver: Roger Fennetaux)

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Thanks again, KuoLC5310, for posting such great stamps in this thread, Eli

OK, let's continue to meet the Ramayana heroes. Second hero is Lakshmana, Son of king Dasharatha and brother of Lord Rama.
Laos - 1969:

Lakshmana is the incarnation of Shesha, a Naga Dragon associated with god Vishnu.
Laos - 2012:
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This is becoming complex,
would there exist a family tree, for the deities, anywhere?

Found.
http://ancientvoice.wdfiles.com/loc..._Lineage.png
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Posted 06/17/2020   11:04 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add LaoPhil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
You made me laugh with your link!!

No worry, I am going to concentrate in only 6 main characters out of the tens characters of this epic. It is going to be fan
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Indeed, I had no idea of the depth,
I watched a video on youtube, with similar results.

This all began, when I was trying to find where Garuda fitted into the schema.
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Posted 06/22/2020   11:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add LaoPhil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Third main hero of the Ramayana epic is Sita, daughter of King Janaka and wife of Lord Rama
Indonesia - 1962:



Sita is incarnation of goddess Lakshmi
Nepal - 1992:
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Posted 06/22/2020   11:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add LaoPhil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Forth main hero of the Ramayana epic is Jatayu, King of the Eagles
Indonesia - 1962:



Jatayu is the son of Garuda, King of the Birds, half man and half bird
Laos - 1962:
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This 1971 International Ramayana Festival stamp shows Lord Rama with his divine bow.
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