A Song Worth Fifty Cows: Graeco-Indo-Iranian Variations on the Etiology of Sacrifice
2014 (English)In: Münchener Studien zur Sprachwissenschaft, ISSN 0077-1910, Vol. 68, no 1, 101-118 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper explores how the social reality of an ancient sacrificial economy backlights through the medium of mythical etiology, even in contexts where this reality seems to have lost its direct impact. By comparing crucial moments in the Greek myth of Hermes’ theft of Apollo’s cattle (first rendered at length in the Homeric Hymn to Hermes) with Indo-Iranian reflexes of the so-called Vala-myth, an attempt is made to resolve a few perplexities evoked by the Greek myth as well as elucidating general aspects of Greek and Indo-European poetics. In addition to these considerations, the original meaning ‘(paid) ally, client’ is proposed for Greek Ὀρφεύς/Vedic R̥bhúḥ.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
München, 2014. Vol. 68, no 1, 101-118 p.
Homeric Hymn to Hermes, Vedic ritual, Avestan liturgy, cattle-raids, Indo-European mythology and poetics
Languages and Literature
Research subject History of Religion; Greek; Indology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-112684OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-112684DiVA: diva2:779907