It’s story time: it’s the adventures of the Ajivika’s founder, Makkhali Gosala!
We read selected episodes from the Bhagavati Sutra, a text written by one of the Ajivika’s rival sects, the Jains. As you can imagine, it is not particularly friendly to Gosala. Hilarity ensures.
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co-hosts Nick and Anna
time / place India, 5th cen. BCE
dead idea Reanimating dead corpses and living in them (a feature of the extinct religion called Ajivika)
Barua, B. M. (1920). The Ajivikas. University of Calcutta.
Basham, A. L. (1951). History and Doctrines of the Ajivika: A Vanished Indian Religion. London: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers.
Hoernle, A. F. R. (1908) “Ajivikas.” Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics, Vol. 1. James Hastings, Ed. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.
McEvilley, T. (2002). The Shape of Ancient Thought: Comparative Studies in Greek and Indian Thought. New York: Allworth Press.
Music and graphic design by Rachel Westhoff.