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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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The “Indian Oedipus”

The “Indian Oedipus”

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Riven by Lust

Jonathan A. Silk

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter takes a broader look at the Oedipal in ancient Indian society in general framed by an examination of the ideas of A. K. Ramanujan and Robert Goldman concerning what Ramanujan has called the “Indian Oedipus.” Ramanujan has offered the argument that although there are indeed Indian Oedipal tales, they are differently arranged than the classic Greek tale, the narrative point of view, among other things, being reversed. Instead of the Greek tradition's directionality from child to parent, with aggression expressed within one gender and sexual interest across genders, the Indian model has the same modalities of expression, but with their directionalities reversed, from parent to child.

Keywords:   incest, Indian Oedipal tales, Indian Buddhism, parent, child, Oedipus complex

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