This contributions examines a large survey of Vedic sources which deal with the Vrātyaṣṭomas. On the basis of texts which are apparently clear testimonies of a secondary Brāhmanically reformed tradition, the article proposes a tentative reading between the lines, in order to highlight an earlier stage of the Vrātyastoma. Accordingly, this rite might have been intended — on the speculative background of a special heroic scope for having access to heaven as gods — not only to forge an alliance between the members of the vrātya-brotherhood (and to appoint a leader), but also to redistribute the booty at the end of expeditions.
|Titolo:||Aims and functions of Vrātyastoma performances: a historical appraisal|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2015|
|Tipologia:||2.1 Contributo in volume (Capitolo o Saggio)|