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Asceticism in some Indo-European traditions

Abstract:
The paper compares the periods of asceticism or privation that precede journeys to heaven, or transitions to some other sort of salvation, in four narratives: Mahabharata book 3, Odyssey books 5-6, the Wasting Sickness of Cuchulainn, and the story of the Buddha's enlightenment. It is argued that all derive from an early Indo-European proto-narrative, probably marked by the pentadic ideology, to which the Sanskrit epic offers the closest approximation.
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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
SAME
Sub department:
Social & Cultural Anthropology
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Author
Journal:
Studia Indo-Europaea More from this journal
Volume:
2
Pages:
37-51
Publication date:
2005-01-01
ISSN:
1583-3518

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