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  • #46
    i can't imagine submitting the entire Mahabharata to memory. it boggles the imagination!
    hell, the movie was six hours!
    some people are like slinkies -
    not good for anything, but they bring a smile to your face when they are pushed downs the stairs.

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    • #47
      And that was abridged...

      Since its estimated the recitation of the Iliad or the Odyssey in full would take several days...and they're tiny compared to the Mahabharata

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      • #48
        I could never conceive of anyone having the Mahabharata memorized. Can the mind really do that? Is there some special literary device used in the Mahabharata that helped people memorize it. I just ask since I know that the use of epithets make learning the works of Homer easier.

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        • #49
          My guess is, they have stock phrases and epithets in Sanskrit too...and the whole thing is a rhyme, just like the Homeric epics, which acts as a mnemonic device as well.

          But I don't know the details.

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