Ever feel like entering into somebody else’s dead body and walking around in it for a while? Of course, you do! Travel with us back to ancient India in the 5th century BCE, where an ascetic religion called Ajivika believed you could totally do this.
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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.
Maps, pics, references, and more at http://www.deadideas.net. Music and graphic design by Rachel Westhoff.
2 thoughts on “Reanimated Corpses I: The Ajivika of Ancient India – Indian History”
I love the idea of dead ideas. 4 thumbs up. (Me plus the body I’m chillin in)… yikes!
Ha ha. Welcome aboard, Nate. What kind of body is it that you’re chillin’ in right now?