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David White

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Institution(s) de rattachement : University of California

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Department of Religious Studies - University of California, Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3101 USA

white[at]religion.ucsb.edu

Présentation

 

My current interests concern contacts and exchanges between ancient and medieval Europe and Asia in matters of demonology. Historically, demons have traveled more lightly than gods, unbound as they are by exclusivist doctrinal and institutional strictures, and so it is that one finds the names of Buddhist demons in medieval Manichean spell texts, charms against Iranian demons in Lithuanian and Chinese sources, an amulet of an Indian demoness in an archeological site in Turkmenstan, and so on. Elsewhere, the yoginis and dakinis of South and East Asian Hinduism and Buddhism are found to be descended in part from the pairikas of Iranian religion and the striga of ancient Rome; the tenth-century BCE Homeric myth of Odysseus and Circe reappears, only slightly altered, in the Mahavamsa, a fifth-century CE chronicle of the island of Ceylon; and the nightmares of European lore find their homologues in the maras of South Asia and the Chinese “devil-kings” called mo-wang. Both the Silk Road and ancient and medieval maritime trade routes were information superhighways, and a portion of that information was demonological.  It is easy to imagine soldiers, sailors, merchants, diviners, monks, and priests swapping amulets and spells at Silk Road halting points and ports. Demons and the techniques to control them were as much a commodity in the ancient and medieval world as germs, guns, and steel.

 

Mots-clés

 

Tantra

Yoga

Rasayana

Yogini

Bhairava

Démonologie

 


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