- Title Pages
- In Reverent Memory
- Technical Details and Abbreviations
- 1 Incest and Schism
- 2 The Creation of Sects in Early Buddhism
- 3 The Story of Mahādeva
- 4 The Buddhist Context of Sin
- 5 Mahādeva in Other Sources
- 6 Schism Accounts in Buddhist Doxographies
- 7 The Story of Dharmaruci
- 8 Abuse and Victimhood
- 9 Persian Perversities
- 10 The Bedtrick
- 11 Retelling Dharmaruci’s Story
- 12 Dharmaruci in Other Sources
- 13 Incest in Indian Buddhist Culture
- 14 The Story of Utpalavarṇā
- 15 The “Indian Oedipus”
- 16 Joseph and the Wife of Potiphar
- 17 Further Dimensions of the Oedipal in India
- 18 The Medieval Europe an Oedipal Judas
- 19 Why Incest Taboos?
- 20 Forging Mahādeva
- Works Cited
- About the Author
- Production Notes
Incest and Schism
Incest and Schism
- (p.1) 1 Incest and Schism
- Riven by Lust
Jonathan A. Silk
- University of Hawai'i Press
This chapter introduces the core narrative of the man called Mahādeva, who had a love affair with his mother and killed his father. It explores how and why this story provides a good point of departure for asking questions about the development of sectarian Buddhism in India on the one hand, and the putative universality of social or psychological norms with respect to incest on the other. It suggests that the story of Mahādeva represents an intentional modification of an earlier tale, in particular through an intensified and refocused depiction of the protagonist's evil character. The tale of a victimized youth seduced by his mother was transformed into the story of a sexually and physically violent aggressor.
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