Friday, February 12, 2016

The Mahabharata: The Killing of Baka

The following is from a work-in-progress called The Mahabharata: a Book Report, in which I'm slowly reading through the Hindu epic poem The Mahabharata, and writing a book report on what I read.  

The five Pandava princes and their mother Kunti traveled on in their exile, dressed as ascetics.  One day, they met the great seer Vyasa, who led them to a city called Ekacakra, where they could live in hiding in the house of a Brahmin and his family.

Unfortunately, in Ekacakra, there lived a cruel Rakasa (demon) named Baka, who demanded human sacrifices as the price for his "protection" (sort of like the Mafia).  When it came time for the Brahmin to sacrifice himself, Kunti sent her son Bhima in his stead.  So Bhima went to Baka and killed the demon, thus ending his reign of terror.  The townspeople were very thankful, and marveled at the strength of this "ascetic."

Bhima defeats Baka.

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