Carvakas and incest

Dominique.Thillaud thillaud at UNICE.FR
Thu Apr 2 07:41:29 UTC 1998

>A friend told me a few days ago that according to his memory Tibetan
>Siddhanta (grub mtha') texts say that the Carvakas system was devised to
>account for the fact that the founder of the system was (this was not quite
>clear to me) a product of incest/a participant in incest with his own
>mother. Are there Indic sources for such a legend? (I don't even have an
>exact Tibetan source, and have no materials at hand to check in.)
>(I am not particularly interested in the Carvakas per se -- but rather in
>the incest part of the whole thing.)
>Jonathan Silk

        Until today, cArvAka was just for me the false brahman of the MBh
and I'm astonished to learn that a philosoph had choosed a so evil name!
        What link between the mythical and actual character? There is a
possibility that the legends about the last could be influenced by the ones
about the first? I don't remember incest in the rakSasa's story but better
specialists of the MBh have perhaps something to say ...

Dominique THILLAUD
Universite' de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France

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