AND HIS CLOAK COVERED THE WHOLE ISLAND:STORIES OF RELIGIOUS CONVERSION IN PĀLI AND MEDIEVAL IRISH NARRATIVE TRADITIONS

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Abstract

This paper is devoted to the comparison of two stories from early Sri Lankan and medieval Irish narrative traditions to do with phenomena of religious conversion and change. Central to the narratives of conversion recorded in both traditions is the theme of the covering of the land by a mantle that belongs to the messengers of the new religion. The primary semantic content of the cloth-covering motif is investigated in relation to the key aspects of the typologically related early Irish and early Indian paradigms of kingship. These include the subjugation by a hero of the malignant aspect of the land to be conquered, the blessings of righteous kingship, and the related topic of abundance. He also discusses traditions relating to both Irish and Indian royal inauguration practices, including rituals and objects, and, in particular, land acquisition and ritual practice.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationSacred Topology of Early Ireland and Ancient India: Religious Paradigm Shift
EditorsMaxim Fomin, Séamus Mac Mathúna, Victoria Vertogradova
Pages195-240
Volume57
Publication statusPublished - 27 Feb 2010

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Religious Conversion
Medieval Period
Ritual Practice
Kingship
Blessing
Hero
Motifs
New Religions
Cloth
Religious Change
Semantic Content
Paradigm
Inauguration

Keywords

  • sacred topology
  • paradigm change
  • conversion
  • royal inauguration
  • sacred kingship

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Fomin, M. (2010). AND HIS CLOAK COVERED THE WHOLE ISLAND:STORIES OF RELIGIOUS CONVERSION IN PĀLI AND MEDIEVAL IRISH NARRATIVE TRADITIONS. In M. Fomin, S. Mac Mathúna, & V. Vertogradova (Eds.), Sacred Topology of Early Ireland and Ancient India: Religious Paradigm Shift (Vol. 57, pp. 195-240)
Fomin, Maxim. / AND HIS CLOAK COVERED THE WHOLE ISLAND:STORIES OF RELIGIOUS CONVERSION IN PĀLI AND MEDIEVAL IRISH NARRATIVE TRADITIONS. Sacred Topology of Early Ireland and Ancient India: Religious Paradigm Shift. editor / Maxim Fomin ; Séamus Mac Mathúna ; Victoria Vertogradova. Vol. 57 2010. pp. 195-240
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AND HIS CLOAK COVERED THE WHOLE ISLAND:STORIES OF RELIGIOUS CONVERSION IN PĀLI AND MEDIEVAL IRISH NARRATIVE TRADITIONS. / Fomin, Maxim.

Sacred Topology of Early Ireland and Ancient India: Religious Paradigm Shift. ed. / Maxim Fomin; Séamus Mac Mathúna; Victoria Vertogradova. Vol. 57 2010. p. 195-240.

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