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Riven by Lust: Incest and Schism in Indian Buddhist Legend and Historiography

Jonathan A. Silk


This book explores the tale of a man accused of causing the fundamental schism in early Indian Buddhism, but not before he has sex with his mother and kills his father. It follows the tale through texts in all of the major canonical languages of Buddhism, along the way noting parallels and contrasts with classical and medieval European stories such as the legend of the Oedipal Judas. It investigates the psychological and anthropological understandings of the tale of mother–son incest, with special attention to why we consider it among the worst of crimes. The book has both horizontal and verti ... More

Keywords: Indian Buddhism, incest, human sexuality, murder, Indian Buddhists, Hindus, Oedipal

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824830908
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824830908.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan A. Silk, author
Leiden University