chapter  5
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The Mahābhārata in early South Asia

Introductory remarks The foregoing chapters have sought to demonstrate the internal concerns of the Mahābhārata. They have also explored the way in which the text sought to prompt and guide its audiences. While there can be little doubt by now that the Mahābhārata was an imaginative intervention of an innovative and aggressive type, we can only begin to corroborate the second part of this book’s central hypothesis, of the success of this imaginative intervention, by a broader consideration of the early South Asian textual and epigraphic record.