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THE ANCESTRY OF RAVANA
Ravana was a
great chanter of the Sama Veda, and a great devotee of Lord Shiva who had visited Mount
Kailash, which he could have very well done from northern Yadu regions like Mathura.
Ravana was well versed in Sanskrit and the composer of the famous Shiva Tandava Stotra.
While one may argue that such a composition was of a later time than Ravana, it still
shows a tradition that connects him with Sanskrit. His native tongue does not appear to
have been Dravidian. He is portrayed as a migrant to Sri Lanka from Kubera.
The Rama-Ravana story has similarities to the Deva-Asura conflict in ancient Hindu
literature. In the original story fond in the Puranas and Mahabharata there was a conflict
between these two groups. The Devas or Suras had Brihaspati of the Angirasas as a guru,
the Asuras, Daituas or Rakshasas had Shukra of the Bhrigus as their teacher.