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The Myth of Oedipus: a New Interpretation

Author(s): Grigor Har. Grigorov
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, History, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Cultural history, Psychology, Semiotics / Semiology, Customs / Folklore, Theoretical Linguistics, Sociology, History of ideas, Social history, Ancient World, Theology and Religion, Pragmatics, Greek Literature, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Psychoanalysis, Social development, Sociology of Culture, Biblical studies, Philology, Social Norms / Social Control, Theory of Literature, Drama, History of Religion, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: Oedipus myth; abandoned child motif; myths of origin; legitimizing narratives; ancestor; great sinner

Summary/Abstract: In his book “The Myth of the Birth of the Hero” (1909), the psychoanalyst Otto Rank identified in various cultures numerous versions of the same narrative which was very close in content to the Oedipus myth. The structure of this repetitive plot is the following: a son of a king, sentenced to death by his father, survives miraculously and grows up far away from his family; when grown-up, he returns to his hometown, murders his father and inherits the throne. The paper argues that this plot has come into being as a narrative aimed at legitimizing the right of existence of a newly formed community by presenting its leader as the legitimate successor of the ruler of the group from which the new community has separated. After its dramaturgical rendition by the ancient Greek tragedians, the Oedipus plot has acquired a new meaning – it started functioning as a story of the great sinner.

  • Issue Year: XLVII/2021
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 221-241
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Bulgarian