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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

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

Jonathan A. Silk

University of Hawai'i Press

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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