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Indra's flight and affliction: Vedic reminiscences of an Indo-European myth
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, History of Religions. Uppsala universitet.
2017 (English)In: Journal of Indo-European Studies, ISSN 0092-2323, Vol. 45, no 3-4, p. 333-372Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores the relationship between an Indic myth of Indra, who was afflicted by fever and went into hiding following his victory over the demon Vrtra, and the parallel Italic, Irish, Armenian and Ossetic myths compared to it by Dumezil and some of his followers. The fever or internal heat afflicting Indra and other Indo-European heroes reflects, it is argued, an ancient warrior ideology in which a feverish battle-frenzy was thought to possess the warrior in combat. As especially the comparative evidence shows, this element was originally part of a myth of the slaying of a tricephalic monster (Indic Trisiras, Italic Cacus etc.), and only secondarily included in the Indra-Vtra myth. Hitherto neglected parallels - the Arthurian Ider/Yder saga, the Young Avestan tradition of Astuuat.ereta and his blazing glory (x(v)arenah), and the Indic myth of Krsna's battle with the three-headed Jvara, "Fever" - are also discussed. It is further suggested that a conflation of a fiery god of war with the Proto-Indo-Iranian fire god has resulted in the mythemes of Indra's emerging from a lotus stalk and the Armenian Vahagn's birth from a reed.

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INST STUDY MAN , 2017. Vol. 45, no 3-4, p. 333-372
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History of Religions
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History of Religions; Indology with Classical Sanscrit
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-335273ISI: 000423027200005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-335273DiVA, id: diva2:1162084
Available from: 2017-12-02 Created: 2017-12-02 Last updated: 2018-04-11

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