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Department of Religions and Philosophies

Jordan Lectures 2014 – Oldest Japan and Oldest India: Two Unlikely Candidates for Comparison?

Michael Witzel (Harvard University)

Date: 13 May 2014Time: 2:00 PM

Finishes: 13 May 2014Time: 4:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: L67

Type of Event: 0

Series: Jordan Lectures in Comparative Religion

Building on the preceding talk, in this presentation I seek to compare two mythologies that are distant in time and space, the oldest Indian one (Veda, c. 1000 BCE) and the oldest Japanese one (Kojiki 712 CE, Nihon Shoki 720 CE). Reasons for their surprising resemblances are given, based on a close comparison of two key myths, that of the hidden sun  (Iwato, Vala) and of the slaying of the Dragon. An ancient common source will be proposed.

Organiser: Dr Peter Fl├╝gel

Contact email: pf8@soas.ac.uk