Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

The Truth About the Truth Act (Satyakriya)

A talk with Stanley Insler, Salisbury Emeritus Professor of Sanskrit and Comparative Philology at Yale University

Thu, October 27, 2011 | Meyerson Conference Room, WCH 4.118

3:30 PM

In both Hindu and Buddhist narratives, there are occasions in which someone speaks a truth and by the power of that truth causes something miraculous or wonderful to occur.  So, for example, in the Rāmāyaṇa, Rāma’s wife Sītā is able to enter a blazing fire and exit from it unharmed by means of the truth.  Or again, in a Buddhist story, King Sivi restores his own eyes by uttering a truth.  In this presentation, Professor Insler will explore how the storytellers of ancient India understood such Truth Acts to operate and why the truth had such power.

Sponsored by: Department of Asian Studies

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