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Martial Arts (Dhanurveda)
(5,568 words)

For anyone reading India’s two great epics, the Mahābhārata and the Rāmāyaṇa, it is soon apparent that martial arts and combat have been central to the history and cultures of South Asia since antiquity. In the well-known Bhagavadgītā section of the Mahābhārata, Kṛṣṇa elaborates a view of duty and action intended to convince Arjuna that, as a member of the warrio…

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Zarrilli, Phillip, “Martial Arts (Dhanurveda)”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 01 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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