Janamejaya's Sattra and Ritual Structure

  title={Janamejaya's Sattra and Ritual Structure},
  author={Christopher Z. Minkowski},
  journal={Journal of the American Oriental Society},
  • C. Minkowski
  • Published 1 July 1989
  • Linguistics
  • Journal of the American Oriental Society
Both of the frame stories of the Mahdbhdrata, gaunaka's and Janamejaya's, are set in sattras, extended ritual actions. The ritual setting is appropriate for thematic and pragmatic reasons, but it also reveals the source for the epic's most characteristic narrative technique-the embedding of stories. Embedding and the use of frame stories in the Mahabhdrata depend on a model of hierarchy and sequence that reflects the structure of Vedic rituals. In the epic this structure is created by the… 

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