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By Jonathan A. Silk

Riven through Lust explores the story of a guy accused of inflicting the elemental schism in early Indian Buddhism, yet no longer earlier than he has intercourse together with his mom and kills his father. In tracing this Indian Buddhist Oedipal story, Jonathan Silk follows it via texts in the entire significant canonical languages of Buddhism, Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, chinese language, and eastern, alongside the way in which noting parallels and contrasts with classical and medieval ecu tales comparable to the legend of the Oedipal Judas. concurrently, he investigates the mental and anthropological understandings of the story of mother-son incest in gentle of up to date mental and anthropological understandings of incest, with precise realization to the query of why we ponder it one of the worst of crimes. In trying to know how the tale labored in Indian texts and for Indian audiences--as good as the way it may well paintings for contemporary readers--this publication has either horizontal and vertical dimensions, probing where of the Oedipal in Indian tradition, Buddhist and non-Buddhist, and concurrently framing the Indian Oedipal inside broader human matters, thereby contributing to the examine of the heritage of Buddhism, the transmission of narratives within the old international, and the basic nature of 1 point of human sexuality. ranging from a quick reference in a polemical treatise, Riven by way of Lust demonstrates that its authors borrowed and deliberately tailored a preexisting tale of an Oedipal antihero. This recasting allowed them to calumniate their rivals within the most powerful attainable phrases in the course of the rhetoric of homicide and incest. Silk attracts on a wide selection of assets to illustrate the variety of wondering incest in Indian Buddhist tradition, thereby uncovering the suggestions and dealing tools of the traditional polemicists. He argues that Indian Buddhists and Hindus, whereas occupying an identical global for the main half, suggestion otherwise approximately primary concerns equivalent to incest, and tricks on the consequent necessity of a reappraisal of our notions of the form of the traditional cultural sphere they shared. Provocative and leading edge, Riven by way of Lust is a paradigmatic research of an incredible subject of global mythology and a sign contribution to the examine of the heritage of incest and comparative sexualities. it's going to allure readers attracted to Buddhism, Indian reviews, Asian stories, comparative tradition, mythology, psychology, and the heritage of sexuality.

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Already the Ùatapatha-Brâhma»a, a late Vedic text, states:12 Prajâpati created Ùrî; she was resplendent. ” Later literatures, the Indian epics the Mahâbhârata and the Râmâya»a, as well as law books and proverbial literature, stress the sinfulness of killing a woman. 15 This extremely popu lar tale, known in Southern Pâli and Northern Sanskrit Buddhist sources alike, recounts the events that lead the protagonist to bear upon his head a blazing wheel of iron, a punishment which, it turns out, is undergone by sons who have struck their mothers.

He got scared and fled in fear. ”52 He performed the obsequies for his mother, and went away. ” All of them pointed out means to kill oneself, but none a means to salvation. Then on another occasion he went to the Jetavana, and saw there a monk reciting to himself: Whose evil action is covered over by good Shines here in the world like the moon released from clouds. He thought, “It is possible to cover over one’s evil actions. 58 He converts a householder, who is so taken with him that he has a monastery constructed for the matricide, which must have been a sizable establishment rather than a mere hut since monks come from far and wide to dwell there.

With this understanding, we may turn to the following origination story presented in the Pravrajyâvastu (Section on Monastic Ordination) of the Mûlasarvâstivâda Vinaya in illustration of the prohibition of matricides from ordination. This is one of the five most serious transgressions, and the same text’s narrative treatment of patricide is identical, so the following depiction should tell us much. The text reads: 45 [Once] there was a certain householder in Ùrâvastî. He took a wife from a suitable family, and he had sex, made love, and coupled with his wife, and from that sex, lovemaking, and coupling, a son was born.

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