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Riven by LustIncest and Schism in Indian Buddhist Legend and Historiography$
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Jonathan A. Silk

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824830908

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824830908.001.0001

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Further Dimensions of the Oedipal in India

Further Dimensions of the Oedipal in India

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(p.180) 17 Further Dimensions of the Oedipal in India
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Riven by Lust
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Jonathan A. Silk

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824830908.003.0017

This chapter presents further evidence of the existence of the Oedipal in Hindu literature. One example is found in the Brahma-Purāṇa, in a section of the text called the Gautamī-māhātmya devoted to praise of the sacred spots on the Godāvarī river. A second example is from the Hindu Purāṇic literature is found in the Setumāhātmya of the Skanda-Purāṇa and concerns the story of a brahmin named Durvinīta who, while staying for a long time with his widowed mother Ruci, becomes deluded and rapes her. In contrast to the story in the Brahma-Purāṇa in which the protagonists are unaware of their biological relation, Durvinīta of course realizes the nature of the crime and repents and expiates his sin almost immediately.

Keywords:   Oedipal, Indian Oedipus, Indian Buddhism, Hindu literature, Brahma-Purāṇa, Setumāhātmya

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