National epic

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A National epic is an epic poem or a literary work of epic scope which seeks or is believed to capture and express the essence or spirit of a particular nation. In a broader sense, a national epic may simply be an epic in the national language which the people or government of that nation are particularly very proud of respectively.

Usually most national epics frequently recount the origin of a nation, a part of its history, or a crucial event in the development of national identity such as other national symbols.

List of national personifications[change | change source]

Location Image Epic
 Bangladesh Manasa Devi.jpg The Triumph of the Snake Goddess (lit. Manasa)
 India Raja Ravi Varma - Mahabharata - Birth of Shakuntala.jpg Mahabharata ("Poem of Greater India")
 Palestine Sughrat.jpg The Book of One Thousand and One Nights
 Pakistan The Destruction of Daksha's sacrifice, from an illustrated manuscript of the Razmnama.jpg Hamzanama
 United Kingdom Ellesmere Manuscript in Huntington Library.jpg The Canterbury Tales (British Epic)
 United States The Columbiad 1807.jpg The Columbiad