Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Lord Rama on the Raglan Scale

  1. The hero's mother is a royal virgin : YES
  2. His father is a king and: YES
  3. often a near relative of the mother, but : ?
  4. the circumstances of his conception are unusual, and: YES
  5. he is also reputed to be the son of a god : YES
  6. at birth an attempt is made, usually by his father or maternal grandfather, to kill him, but NO
  7. He is spirited away, and: NO
  8. Reared by foster-parents in a far country: NO
  9. We are told nothing of his childhood, but: NO
  10. On reaching manhood he returns or goes to his future kingdom. :YES
  11. After a victory over the king and or giant, dragon, or wild beast: YES
  12. He marries a princess, often the daughter of his predecessor and: YES
  13. becomes king: NO
  14. For a time he reigns uneventfully and: NO
  15. Prescribes laws but: YES
  16. later loses favor with the gods and or his people and :YES
  17. Is driven from from the throne and the city after which:YES
  18. He meets with a mysterious death: ?
  19. often at the top of a hill.: NO
  20. his children, if any, do not succeed him. : NO
  21. his body is not buried, but nevertheless : YES
  22. he has one or more holy sepulchres. : NO
I did a google search on this, didn't find any pages, so I figured i'd put my Doordarshan GK to use. The results: A very poor 10/22 for Rama. Not too bad. But not as high as Christ or Prophet Mohammed.

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