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Title: Giving Sense to it All : The Cosmological Myth in Pahlavi Literature
Author(s): Weinreich, MatthiasLook up in the Integrated Authority File of the German National Library
Issue Date: 2016
Extent: Online-Ressource (37 Seiten, 0,82 MB)
Type: Article
Language: English
Publisher: [Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt], [Halle, Saale]
URN: urn:nbn:de:gbv:3:5-1981185920-946000
Abstract: The article provides a literary analysis of three Middle Persian tales: the Story of Jōišt ī Friyān, the Memorial of Zarēr, and the Explanation of Chess and the Invention of Backgammon. Similar to most works of Zoroastrian narrative literature, composed in the late Sasanian and early Islamic era, they are based on oral traditions and contain numerous references to personalities and events also familiar from other Iranian sources. But, different from comparable stories belonging to the same context and time, they are thematically closely interwoven with the Zoroastrian cosmological myth. The reason for this striking intertextual connection is sought in their authors’ intent to provide didactic narratives for religious instruction to an audience hoping for eschatological deliverance from social oppression and spiritual evil.
Open Access: Open access publication
License: In CopyrightIn Copyright
Journal Title: Iran and the Caucasus
Publisher: Brill
Publisher Place: Leiden
Volume: 20
Issue: 1
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Page Start: 25
Page End: 61
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