This course will make a broad study of the stories and characters represented in the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, and consider their religious teachings that are imparted. In both works stories are told of the descent of the Deity to earth and the conflict that ensues between good and evil. And yet these accounts are never one-dimensional, for there is a subtlety to the storytelling that makes these great works as relevant today as they have ever been.