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Tales of sex and violence : folklore, sacrifice, and danger in the Jaiminīya Brāhmaṇa

Author: Wendy Doniger
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1985.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wendy Doniger
ISBN: 0226618528 9780226618524
OCLC Number: 11044746
Notes: Includes original translations of 27 tales.
Description: xiv, 145 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction: folklore and dreams in 900 B.C. The Western scorn for the Brāhmaṇas ; The history of the Jaiminīya Brāhmaṇa in the West ; Folklore in the Jaiminīya Brāhmaṇa ; Sacrifice and danger in the Jaiminīya Brāhmaṇa ; The individuality of the Jaiminīya Brāhmaṇa ; Method of proceeding. --
2. The fear of death. Bhṛgu's journey in the other world ; How men changed skins with animals ; The son who was better than his father ; The ghost of the beloved uncle. --
3. The fear of God. The gods make men evil ; Trita and his brothers ; Indra and the dolphin ; Indra as the ram of Medhātithi ; Indra dances for Upamā ; The rejuvenation of Cyavana ; Vidanvan and the demon of intoxication. 4. The fear of the father. Kutsa straps down Indra's balls ; Kutsa seduces Indra's wife ; Indra revives the son of Kutsa's enemy ; Vasiṣṭha's dying son and the half-verse ; The uncle who tried to murder the newborn child ; The sick boy in the ditch ; The charioteer and the vanishing fire. --
5. The fear of wives. The Gandharva in the middle ; The wife of the Gandharva of the waters ; The mortal's wife and the dangerous sacrifice ; The lover of the demon's daughter ; The girl on the island. --
6. The fear of demonic women. The divine bitch ; Long-tongue the demoness ; How not to get to heaven ; The Brahmin's wife with hair on the soles of her feet. --
7. Conclusion: Why is this Brāhmaṇa different from all other Brāhmaṇas? --
Appendixes. 1. A list of the Jaiminīya Brāhmaṇa stories translated in this work, with names of Sanskrit chants and variants in other Vedic texts and in the Mahābhārata ; 2. Secondary literature on each Jaiminīya Brāhmaṇa story in this work ; 3. Tale types and motifs.
Other Titles: Brahmanas.
Responsibility: Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty.

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