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The Pārijātaharaṇa narrative in Early Sanskrit sources

Austin, Christopher R 2020. The Pārijātaharaṇa narrative in Early Sanskrit sources. Asian Literature and Translation (ALT) 7 (1) , pp. 16-32. 10.18573/alt.46

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Abstract

The Pārijātaharaṇa or theft of the magical Pārijāta tree is a well known episode in the life of the Hindu god Kṛṣṇa. The earliest Sanskrit sources of the incident consist largely of short or passing references to the deed, and mainly understand the seizure of the tree to have involved a fight between Kṛṣṇa and Indra. The actual episode is narrated in the critical text of the HV, but there no fight occurs. This piece follows up on and responds to a recent publication in this journal in which the narrative discontinuity surrounding the Pārijātaharaṇa is treated briefly in connection with the problem of textual emendation. After identifying and contextualizing the relevant epic passages, I take up the key sources of the myth in the following centuries, and reflect briefly on the issue of the Sanskrit tradition's own work of narrative emendation, as well as some of the implications thereof for readers and translators.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
P Language and Literature > PM Hyperborean, Indian, and Artificial languages
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
Publisher: Cardiff University Press
ISSN: 2051-5863
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 June 2020
Date of Acceptance: 1 December 2020
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2021 15:21
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/137879

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