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Rethinking the Upaniṣads Vaṃśas: Teacher Lineages as a Literary Genre

Black, Brian (2011) Rethinking the Upaniṣads Vaṃśas: Teacher Lineages as a Literary Genre. Religions of South Asia, 5 (1-2). pp. 51-77. ISSN 1751-2689

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Abstract

This paper takes a literary approach to the major vaṃśas in the Brāhmaṇas and Upaniṣads. I will demonstrate that the vaṃśas follow a number of structural and compositional conventions, which are employed to construct sacred histories, indicate different branches of descent, combine different lineages, and claim authoritative transmissions vis-à-vis other lineages. By treating the vaṃśas as a literary genre, rather than as an empirical historical record, I hope to invite a new appreciation for their form and creativity, as well as to open up new ways for reading them.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Religions of South Asia
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 55209
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 19 Jun 2012 16:35
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:40
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55209

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