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The Arrival of the Clients: Technologies of Fame and the Prehistory of Orphic Eschatology
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, History of Religions.
2016 (English)In: Historia Religionum: An International Journal, ISSN 2035-5572, Vol. 8, p. 169-194Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present study makes an attempt to delineate the socio-economic foundations for a soteriological agenda seen to pre gure certain new modalities of religiosity in antiquity. Proceeding from focal doctrines of a so-called ‘Orphic’ eschatology, involving the promise of a happy afterlife incumbent on wealthy patrons-cum-initiates, it engages deeper layers of comparative evidence to demonstrate the means by which patron-client relationships in Archaic Greece, pre-Achaemenid Iran, and Vedic India contributed to the emergence of a religiosity distinct from that of public worship. Crucial attention is drawn to the names, gures, and mythological characterisation of Gr. Orpheus and the three Vedic Rbƒ hus (rb ̊ hú- [pl. rb ̊ hávaḥ]) as embodiments of the quintessentially itinerant sage in his etymological sense of being both ‘skil- ful’ and ‘changing allegiance’ (reflecting a late Proto-Indo-European noun or adjective*h3rbhéu£s [formed from a verb*h3érbh-, ‘change sides, change allegiance’]).

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2016. Vol. 8, p. 169-194
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History of Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-150912DOI: 10.19272/201604901016OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-150912DiVA, id: diva2:1171534
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Orphism, Indo-European mythology and poeticsAvailable from: 2018-01-08 Created: 2018-01-08 Last updated: 2018-01-09Bibliographically approved

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