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CL 113 Lecture 22 3/25/16

by: Lauren Palermo

CL 113 Lecture 22 3/25/16 CL 113LEC

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Myth & Religion Anc World
Woodard, R D
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Date Created: 03/25/16
Lecture 22—March 25 Tarquinius Superbus—last king of Rome  Sextus Tarquinius –superbus’ son  Lucretia wife of Colatinius o Blood couple rd  Sextus rapes Lucretia—3 function sin o She later kills herself o Romans rise up and revolt and dethrone Tarquinius  Rome no longer has a king—it is now a republic Mahabharata  Includes mythic traditions transformed into pseudo- historic narrative (like the Romans)  Great epic poem Maruts  Gods of the storms winds  Close companions of Indra—his sidekicks  R.V. 1.165 hymn—Indra and Maruts together  Fundamental characteristics—self-willed, independent spirits  Indra preparing to go and receive a sacrifice o Soma—hallucinogen substance consumed by priests and transmitted to the gods o Maruts are going to receive Soma also o Indra taunts them  Skt svadha ‘independent spirits’  OCS (old church Slavic)—cognate svatu ‘relative/kinsman’  Early Latin cognate—svodalis ‘close companion’ Visnu  Warrior god  Preserver  RV 4.18  Helped Indra slay Vrtra  Benevolent Rudra/Siva  Feared  Destroyer  Siva  Skt siva ‘friendly’  Malevolent  Father of Maruts Vayu  Minor figure in Vedas  Powerful in Iranian—featured in the Mahabharata Parjanya  Storm/rain god  Minor figure in Vedas—powerful in Iranian  Old Russian o Perunu (cognate with Parjanya) o Famous image on top of hill in Kiev—made of wood with silver head and gold mustache  Weapon—mace/war hammer  Byelorussia cognate o Piarun ‘dragon slayer’  Old Slavic cognate Perunu o Warrior god of the ‘Thunder bolt’  Lithuanian cognate perkunas ‘thunder bolt’  Latvian cognate perkuns/perkons  Milnu ‘mace’ o When he throws his mace—lightning thunders  Old Norse cognate mjollnir ‘hammer’ ‘mace’ o Thor  Fjorgyn o Mother of Thor o Cognate with Parjanya  All of these words are rooted in PIE *per-k- ‘to strike’  *per-k-u- ‘oak tree’ Function 3 Deities Vasus—Skt ‘goods’ Asvins and Nasatyas—words for divine twins  Nasatyas might mean ‘those who rescue’ ‘rescuers’ o Benevolent o Or ‘those who recover the Sun every morning’  They are responsible for seeing that the sun comes up every morning  Asvins –Skt asva ‘horse’ o Grk—hippos ‘horse’ o Latin—equas ‘horse’  Skt tradition Asvins are called Sons of Dyaus o 1 cousin to Zeus and Jupiter  Asvins are born differently from each other o Contrasting pair o One is the son of night and the other is son of day o One is morning star/other is evening star o Only 1 of the Asvins is the biological son of Dyaus o The other one is the son of a warrior figure/mortal man—Sumakha  Sumakha ‘good fighter’  *Dyeus Phzter= Dyaus, Zeus, Jupiter o But Dyaus is not top of pantheon—minor deity in RV—husband of earth Prthivi


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