[INDOLOGY] Vedic Citation

Brian Campbell revolvingsound at gmail.com
Fri Oct 27 22:17:09 UTC 2017

Dear Patrick,

I believe the boon you are referring to is from the Yajur Veda (Taittīrya
Samhitā) Kanda 2 Prapathaka 5 Verse 1.

The story is told of how Indra got rid of his guilt from slaying a brahmin
by making a deal with women in which they demanded a boon, "let us enjoy
intercourse at will up to birth."

Best wishes,

Brian Campbell

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> I wish to share the news of the publication of my book 'Heroic Sh?ktism:
> the cult of Durg? in Ancient Indian Kingship'. The book is being published
> by the British Academy and the Oxford University Press. A pr?cis of the
> book is as follows:
> 'Heroic ??ktism is the belief that a good king and a true warrior must
> worship the goddess Durg?, the form and substance of kingship. This belief
> formed the bedrock of ancient Indian practices of cultivating political
> power. Wildly dangerous and serenely benevolent at one and the same time,
> the goddess's charismatic split nature promised rewards for a hero and king
> and success in risky ventures.
> This book is the first expansive historical treatment of the cult of Durg?
> and the role it played in shaping ideas and rituals of heroism in India
> between the 3rd and the 12th centuries CE. Within the story of ancient
> Indian kingship, two critical transitions overlapped with the rise of
> heroic ??ktism: the decline of the war-god Skanda-Mah?sena as a military
> symbol, and the concomitant rise of the early Indian kingdom. As the
> rhetoric of kingship once strongly linked to the older war god shifted to
> the cultural narratives of the goddess, her political imagery broadened in
> its cultural resonance. And indigenous territorial deities became
> associated with Durg? as smaller states unified into a broader conception
> of civilization.
> By assessing the available epigraphic, literary and scriptural sources in
> Sanskrit, and anthropological studies on politics and ritual, Bihani Sarkar
> demonstrates that the association between Indian kingship and the cult's
> belief-systems was an ancient one based on efforts to augment worldly
> power.'
> For more on the book, see https://global.oup.com/aca
> demic/product/heroic-shktism-9780197266106?cc=gb&lang=en&
> There is a 30% discount if you order on the OUP website using the code
> Sincerely,
> Bihani Sarkar BA, M.Phil, D.Phil (Oxon),
> (Formerly: British Academic Postdoctoral Fellow, Oriental Institute, Oxford
> University)
> Teaching Fellow in South Asian Religions, Leeds University,
> Associate Member,  Christ Church College, Oxford University

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