|24October||**FESTIVAL OF IDEAS EVENT**|
|Professor Almut HINTZE|
|A Zoroastrian Vision|
|PLEASE NOTE: FULLY BOOKED
|2 November||Professor Eijiro DOYAMA (Osaka)
|The unusual birth of the hero in ancient Indian mythologyUnusual or miraculous birth and growth are characteristic of heroes in a number of
myths all over the world. It is typically associated with motifs such as an unusual conception (not by a human father and mother etc.), the unusual length of the period of pregnancy, an unusual delivery (not from the usual birth canal; in an egg etc.), being abandoned after birth, being raised by a non-human. In my talk I will pick up this interesting topic as seen in ancient Indian mythology, mainly based on the oldest Indian texts, the so-called Vedic texts, which seem to be less known than later literature such as the Mahābhārata because of the difficulty of their language and content. The abundant myths they contain reveal characteristic features of the unusual birth in ancient Indian mythology and suggest an important aspect of heroes in ancient India.
|16 November||Dr Annabel GALLOP (British Library)
|Ottoman Links across the Indian Ocean|
|23 November||Professor Louise MARLOW (Wellesley College)
|Ancient Wisdom in Early Arabic Advice Literature|
|Dr Peter JOHANSEN (British Columbia)
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