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Author Silk, Jonathan A.
Title Riven by lust : incest and schism in Indian Buddhist legend and historiography / Jonathan A. Silk.
Imprint Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, [2009]

Subject Incest -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism.
Buddhist sects -- Historiography.
Buddhist literature -- History and criticism.
Description 1 online resource (xviii, 347 pages) : illustrations
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-333) and index.
Summary "Riven by Lust explores the tale of a man accused of causing the fundamental schism in early Indian Buddhism, but not before he has sex with his mother and kills his father. In tracing this Buddhist Oedipal tale, Jonathan Silk follows it through texts in all of the major canonical languages of Buddhism, Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese, along the way noting parallels and contrasts with classical and medieval European stories such as the legend of the Oedipal Judas. Simultaneously, he investigates the psychological and anthropological understandings of the tale of mother-son incest in light of contemporary psychological and anthropological understandings of incest, with special attention to the question of why we consider it among the worst of crimes." "Riven by Lust is a paradigmatic analysis of a major theme of world mythology and a signal contribution to the study of the history of incest and comparative sexualities. It will attract readers interested in Buddhism, Indian studies, Asian studies, comparative culture, mythology, psychology, and the history of sexuality."--Jacket.
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Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents 1. Incest and Schism -- 2. The Creation of Sects in Early Buddhism -- 3. The Story of Mahadeva -- 4. The Buddhist Context of Sin -- 5. Mahadeva in Other Sources -- 6. Schism Accounts in Buddhist Doxographies -- 7. The Story of Dharmaruci -- 8. Abuse and Victimhood -- 9. Persian Perversities -- 10. The Bedtrick -- 11. Retelling Dharmaruci's Story -- 12. Dharmaruci in Other Sources -- 13. Incest in Indian Buddhist Culture -- 14. The Story of Utpalavar?a -- 15. The "Indian Oedipus" -- 16. Joseph and the Wife of Potiphar -- 17. Further Dimensions of the Oedipal In India -- 18. The Medieval European Oedipal Judas -- 19. Why Incest Taboos? -- 20. Forging Mahadeva.
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ISBN 9781441619655 (electronic bk.)
1441619658 (electronic bk.)
9780824864170 (electronic bk.)
0824864174 (electronic bk.)
9780824830908 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
0824830903 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 649865934
Additional Format Print version: Silk, Jonathan A. Riven by lust. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, ©2009 (DLC) 2008014911 (OCoLC)225532087