chapter  4
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Constructing signifi cant places

Introductory remarks The Mahābhārata offers an account of the physical and meta-physical world that is as rich and detailed as its capacious vision of the past. Where Vedic texts, and indeed the Dīghnikāya (which we took up at the close of the last chapter), offer us glimpses, in passing, of peoples and places, the Mahābhārata offers us a rich and systematic vision of both the cosmos and the regions in which humankind are active.