Allen, N. J.. The Indo-European prehistory of "yoga"

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Title: The Indo-European prehistory of "yoga"

Published in: International journal of Hindu studies -- Vol. 2, no. 1

Published By: International journal of Hindu studies -- Vol. 2, no. 1 World Heritage Press. 1998. 1-20 p. ill.

By line: N. J. Allen

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2016. Computer File

Culture: Vedic (AQ47)

Subjects: Comparative evidence (171); Verbal arts (5310); Mythology (773); Historical reconstruction (174); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Ritual (788);

Abstract: This work compares the Sanskrit epic the Mahabharata with the Greek epic the Odyssey to learn more about Hindu culture and religion. The heroes of each, Arjuna and Odysseus, show many similarities and the author proposes that they arose from the same proto-hero of an oral proto-narrative. The proto-myth was probably a shamanistic journey that was acted out in a ritual, partly to explain and justify ancestral yogic practices.

Document Number: 2

Document ID: aq47-002

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 18-20)

Field Date: Not applicable

Evaluation: Indiologist -4

Analyst: Sarah Berry; 2014

Coverage Date: 3900-2000 BP

Coverage Place: India and Greece

LCSH: Indus civilization

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