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Tales of Love, Sex, and Danger$
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Sudhir Kakar and John Munder Ross

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198072560

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198072560.001.0001

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Kings and Cuckolds: Passion as Power

Kings and Cuckolds: Passion as Power

(p.97) 5 Kings and Cuckolds: Passion as Power
Tales of Love, Sex, and Danger

Sudhir Kakar

John Munder Ross

Oxford University Press

The narratives in this chapter—the Persian story of King Moubad, Vis, and Ramin, the Indian legends of patriarchs, gods or kings, lusting after their daughters and coming up sharply against their sons, and even the famed myth of Oedipus—introduce us to triangles in their more primitive aspect. These triangles are not the so-called straightforward ‘Oedipal triangles’ seen from the vantage point of the ‘son’ alone. In Indian literature, rivalry between father and son centres on a father’s incestuous attempt to defy generational barriers rather than the son’s wishes for sexual union with the mother. The story of Vis and Ramin, along with Indian myths and folktales, is as much about fathers and sons and rivalry and violence as about sex.

Keywords:   Oedipus, incest, King Moubad, Vis and Ramin, patriarchs, daughters, sons, Oedipal triangles

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