Hunting the Rhinoceros

William S. Sax

in Dancing the Self

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780195139150
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199871650 | DOI:
 Hunting the Rhinoceros

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One of the most important dances in the pandav lila culminates with the killing of Arjuna by his son, Nagarjuna. Such parricides are extremely rare in Hindu myth and literature. In this chapter, the author describes the episode at length, along with its equivalent in the Sanskrit Mahabharata. He also reviews the extensive literature regarding the question of whether or not there is an ”Oedipus Complex” in Hindu culture.

Keywords: Arjuna; Babhruvahana; Goldman; Mahabharata; Masculinity; Oedipus Complex; Psychoanalysis

Chapter.  14162 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Hinduism

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