Thursday, July 10, 2014

Image: Hanuman in Ravana's Court

Hanuman in Ravana's Court
(British Library: Mewar Ramayana)

From the Library site: Hanuman has left Sita and begun to wreak havoc in Lanka, before allowing himself to be taken before Ravana. He announces himself as the messenger of Rama and demands Sita's return. Ravana angrily orders him to be put to death, but his virtuous brother Vibhisana reminds him that messengers may not be killed. Instead, Ravana orders that Hanuman be led through the city with his tail bound in rags and set alight. Hanuman allows himself to suffer this indignity at first, but then frees himself and sets fire to the city with his blazing tail.



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