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Wendy Doniger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199360079

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.001.0001

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Indra as the Stallion's Wife 1

Indra as the Stallion's Wife 1

(p.473) Indra as the Stallion's Wife1
On Hinduism

Wendy Doniger

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines one of the puzzling myths in the Rig Veda: the case of Indra as the wife (mena) of the seed-bearing stallion (or bull-stallion, vrishanashva), which may be half horse and half bull. It considers the contrasting opposition between incest and the process of procreation in the myth of Indra as the bull-stallion, how the mare can accommodate both the stallion and the donkey, and the relationship between the mare and the seed of a series of male animals other than stallions. It also looks at the myth of the chariot race.

Keywords:   mare, Rig Veda, wife, stallion, incest, procreation, donkey, male animals, chariot race

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