[INDOLOGY] Churning king Vena

Artur Karp karp at uw.edu.pl
Thu Mar 20 11:53:19 UTC 2014

I am very grateful  to Christophe Vielle, Deepak Bhattacharya and James
Hagerty for their nearly instantaneous reply to my query. I know now where
to search for the "body-churning ritual" antecedents.

James Hagerty's monograph is, happily, on hand. But, the University of
Warsaw Library informs me that the 1943 Georges Dumezil's book is not
available in Poland, and - that the University's JSTOR does not possess in
its resources either of the journals (*Journal of the Bihar Research
Society, Studies in Religion*) you mentioned.

Will try to get access to the journals via my ex-students (one lives in
India, the other in England).

A question to Prof. Bhattacharya: any detailed information on U.N.
Ghoshal's work re "Vena's oppression"?


Artur Karp

2014-03-20 6:27 GMT+01:00 Artur Karp <karp at uw.edu.pl>:

> Dear List,
> Bhagavata Purana has the brahmans churning at first the dead king Vena's
> thigh and then his arms - in order to create a new king.
> BhP_04.14.043/1 viniścityaivam ṛṣayo vipannasya mahīpateḥ
> BhP_04.14.043/2 *mamanthur ūruṃ* tarasā tatrāsīd bāhuko naraḥ
> BhP_04.15.001/1 atha tasya punar viprair aputrasya mahīpateḥ
> BhP_04.15.001/2 *bāhubhyāṃ mathyamānābhyāṃ* mithunaṃ samapadyata
> Would someone comment on the procedure involved and the meaning of that -
> certainly - strange ritual?
> Has someone worked on the king Vena's story? Any book? Paper?
> Regards,
> Artur Karp

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