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Hanuman: No Ordinary Monkey: An Illustrated Story
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The Poetics of the Ramakian
The Ramakian (The Glory of Rama), the national epic of Thailand, is a
written poem that shares many features with works belonging to a purely oral tradition.
The story of Rama, the hero, is practically unknown in the Western world, although it is
central to the literature of India and mainland Southeast Asia, as well as China and
This page contains a line by line translation of King Rama I's version of Hanuman's journey to Lanka, each paragraph of translation following its Thai text. There are fourteen major divisions of the translation, which contain 212 consecutively numbered paragraphs. These divisions do not necessarily correspond to divisions intended by the author of the poem. The numbers of the paragraphs are also put in this corpus consecutively.
Hanuman Travels to Lanka
Major Divisions of the Translation
(Paragraphs 1-11) (Paragraphs 105-140)
(Paragraphs 12-26) (Paragraphs 141-147)
(Paragraphs 27-48) (Paragraphs 148-161)
(Paragraphs 49-55) (Paragraphs 162-166)
(Paragraphs 56-65) (Paragraphs 167-170)
(Paragraphs 66-95) (Paragraphs 171-189)
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