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The Subtlety of Subtales: Subaltern Voices of Sūkṣma Dharma in the Mahābhārata

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The Subtlety of Subtales : Subaltern Voices of Sūkṣma Dharma in the Mahābhārata. / Black, B.

In: International Journal of Hindu Studies, Vol. 26, No. 1, 30.04.2022, p. 37-62.

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Black, B. / The Subtlety of Subtales : Subaltern Voices of Sūkṣma Dharma in the Mahābhārata. In: International Journal of Hindu Studies. 2022 ; Vol. 26, No. 1. pp. 37-62.

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