From Poetic Immortality to Salvation: Ruru and Orpheus in Indic and Greek Myth

  title={From Poetic Immortality to Salvation: Ruru and Orpheus in Indic and Greek Myth},
  author={Vishwa Adluri and Joydeep Bagchee},
  journal={History of Religions},
  pages={239 - 261}
Can poetry save us or do we need philosophy? In this article, we suggest that the Greek myth of Orpheus and its Indian version, the myth of Ruru, are structured according to a distinction between poetic immortality and salvation. In highlighting the problem of partial or failed resurrection, themyths of Orpheus and Ruru demonstrate that, in these myths, true salvation is an abidance in being rather than relating to the phenomena of becoming. The Orpheus and Ruru myths distinguish two levels of… 
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