Scholars speak out against 'Ramayana Trail'

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Scholars in Sri Lanka voiced their criticism of the country’s tourism campaign to promote a ‘Ramayana Trail’, aimed at Hindu pilgrims to visit sites in Sri Lanka associated with the Ramayana epic. The Ramayana is an Indian epic about the life of Rama and whose influence in traditional Southeast Asian art forms endure to today. Archaeologists and historians both question the authenticity of the sites on the “Ramayana Trail” and the melding of legend with fact.

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‘Ramayana trail’ draws heavy flak
Asian Tribune, 20 November 2009
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