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.

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Journal Article
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Religions of South Asia
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19 Jun 2012 15:35
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Yes
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Published
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