KDY A KDE?
pondělí 26.3. 17:30 – 19:00
ateliér, Kampus Hybernská, Hybernská 4
The Faculty of Arts, Charles University (FFUK), will be hosting Nick Allen from the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Oxford.
Nick is one of the important Anthropologists who have worked in the Himalayas. Well-versed in classical languages, linguistics, culture and religions of South Asia, Indo-European history, and interested in mythology, Nick has also been discovering the Indo-European space as one unity.
Interview with Nick Allen:
In Sanskrit and Greek epic traditions the Great War has five phases. These are distinguished by the five or four successive leaders of the Losers or Baddies (Kauravas/Trojans). In the Sanskrit, Phase V is a massacre carried out by Kauravas, who are led by Aśvatthāman, son of Droṇa; in the Greek, it is a massacre carried out by the Victors or Goodies, using the Wooden Horse. This difference can be called the ‘Cross-over’. The paper compares Aśvatthāman and the horse, taking into account Droṇa’s death in Phase II, and then tries to cast light on the Cross-over. Phase V of the Sanskrit Great War is foreshadowed by the massacre carried out by Arjuna and Krishna at Khāṇḍava Forest. It is proposed that Greek tradition has amalgamated a proto-version of the Khāṇḍava episode, where Goodies triumph, with a proto-version of Phase V in which the Baddies triumph.