RÁMÁYAN OF VÁLMÍKI
RALPH T. H. GRIFFITH, M. A.,
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This is the first complete public domain translation of the Ramayana to be placed online. The Ramayana isone of the two epic Hindu poems, the other being theMahabharata. The Ramayana describes a love storybetween Rama, an ancient King, and Sita, who iscaptured by Ravan, the King of Ceylon. Rama layssiege to Ceylon and wins back Sita. The parallels to theIliadare obvious, but the details are very different.
This verse translation by Griffith, whose translations of theRig VedaandtheSama Vedaare also available at sacred-texts, was scanned in 2000from an original copy, which had very poor typesetting. Due to thedifficulty of converting this 600 page text to etext, the project was put onhold for several years until OCR technology matured. Finally in 2003,the text was OCR-ed and proofed at Distributed Proofing. However,