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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 Medieval Europe an Oedipal Judas

The Medieval Europe an Oedipal Judas

(p.189) 18 The Medieval Europe an Oedipal Judas
Riven by Lust

Jonathan A. Silk

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on the medieval European tale of Judas Iscariot, which is remarkably similar to, but ultimately conceptually quite different from, that of the Indian Buddhist Mahādeva. The structural similarities between the tale of Judas and the Indian Buddhist story of Mahādeva provide a comparative point of reference from which to examine the fusion of an Oedipal background with the story of a known miscreant. But the contrast in the contextual significance of the two tales is even more remarkable and revealing. The starkest contrast comes from the work the respective tales were made or expected to do: the Judas tale was a more or less popular recounting one clear purpose of which was antisemitic incitement, while the Mahādeva story was always focused internally, on intra-Buddhist sectarian concerns and quarrels.

Keywords:   medieval Europe, Judas Escariot, Oedipal, Indian Buddhism, Mahādeva, anti-Semitism

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