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He argues that the adhyaya relegated to Appendix 1. which deals more succinctly with the same subject matter as the Viioka uni~ was original, and that after the acceptance of the Viioka Parvan, the Southerners felt that it was redundant and so they omitted it. The fact that the Southern recension is here charged with "suppression on the ground of redundancy is worth noting of itself, since there have been so many charges that the Southern recension tends to inflation and repetition. Bh. BOR! volume 12, xxiii-xxvi.

8Sukthankar 1933, xxxii-xlvii. 3. for a detailed discussion of what is going on here. yaka Parvan and finding that its Northern recension is more "inflated" than its Southern, he retracted on this point. 9S ukthankar 1933, lxxvi. 42 trace through manuscripts, since the earliest extant ones are probably from the 15th century. This section is designed to lead the reader into recognizing these continuities and appreciating their complexities. Once this is done~ Chapter One will proceed to complicate our analysis of variation in ways which more radically defy the distinctions made by Sukthankar.

Unlike the Veda, the Mahabharata in its different versions was familiar to and cherished by large segments of Indian society allover India. 45 For a text that is being proposed as the candidate for a national epic, the question of fragmentation must have been a delicate one, because the supposed fragmentary state of the national epic could be seen as reflecting the lack of national unity. A much later work by Sukthankar, published after 43Hult 1991, 125. 44Sukthankar 1936, 76. One wonders why he used the tean in the article and not in the Prolegomena.

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