Tejas (and Śakti) Mythologemes in the Purāṇas

Paolo Magnone

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Following up my paper "Patterns of Tejas in the Epics" delivered at WSC 12 (Helsinki 2003) this paper purposes to examine the way the notion of tejas — formerly (in vedic times) just yet another of many kindred Daseinsmächte or substance-powers such as ojas, varcas, yaśas and the like — attains paramountcy in the puranic synthesis of common traditional lore, becoming a regular attribute of the parameśvara in his different personae, on the one hand, as well as crystallizing specific tejas mythologemes around the most characteristic traits of each of the great hindu gods, on the other.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationParallels and Comparisons. Proceedings of the Fourth Dubrovnik International Conference on the Sanskrit Epics and Puranas (September 2005)
EditorsPetteri Koskikallio
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • hinduism
  • hinduismo
  • letteratura sanscrita
  • sakti
  • sanskrit literature
  • tejas


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