[INDOLOGY] crossing oceans?
wujastyk at gmail.com
Thu Oct 13 08:42:24 EDT 2016
Why is half the religious literature of early India concerned with
"crossing the ocean of saṃsāra," when crossing a real ocean was forbidden
for twice-born members of society? Why *that* metaphor in particular?
Crossing fords, rivers, etc., makes metaphorical sense, and was allowed.
Professor Dominik Wujastyk* <http://ualberta.academia.edu/DominikWujastyk>
Singhmar Chair in Classical Indian Society and Polity
Department of History and Classics <http://historyandclassics.ualberta.ca/>
University of Alberta, Canada
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