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Every region around the world has a version of the Fountain of Youth myth. The author is concerned as to the origin of the story. He concludes that India is the source of the fable.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61143-154-4
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Publication Status: In Print
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 776
Publication Date: Aug 7,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 71
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61143-154-4
$46.00

The text of the Jaiminiya legend of Cyavana is built around the myth of the Fountain of Youth. Every region around the world has a version of this myth. Whether India was the real source of the story, the author will presently inquire. The simplest and most common means of securing rejuvenation is to ask for and get it. This method implies a well-known principle of magic, in accordance with which the old life must be sacrificed that the new life may emerge. Thus far the Fountain of Youth has been traced in general to the East, where it was located by trouveres, and in particular to India, where it was located in the twelfth century. E. Washburn Hopkins is inclined to regard India as the home of the fable, but to consider the fable as brought by the early Nestorians whom it might have reached Syria.

The text of the Jaiminiya legend of Cyavana is built around the myth of the Fountain of Youth. Every region around the world has a version of this myth. Whether India was the real source of the story, the author will presently inquire. The simplest and most common means of securing rejuvenation is to ask for and get it. This method implies a well-known principle of magic, in accordance with which the old life must be sacrificed that the new life may emerge. Thus far the Fountain of Youth has been traced in general to the East, where it was located by trouveres, and in particular to India, where it was located in the twelfth century. E. Washburn Hopkins is inclined to regard India as the home of the fable, but to consider the fable as brought by the early Nestorians whom it might have reached Syria.

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E. Washburn Hopkins

  • The Fountain of Youth (page 5)