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Rethinking Orient

In Search of Sources and Inspirations

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Edited By Adam Bednarczyk, Magdalena Kubarek and Maciej Szatkowski

The contributions in this book address a vast variety of questions concerning the sources and mutual inspirations in Oriental and European literatures. The authors discuss selected texts from both historical and synchronic perspectives. They reveal and scrutinise the sedimented layers in their search for the original as well as for the repetitive and universal. The book revolves around the creative reception of one’s own cultural heritage and of works which originated in other cultures.

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The Myth of Shambhala, Knights-Yogis and Mahatma Knowledge. Esotericism and the Orient in Tadeusz Miciński’s Nietota (Elżbieta Flis-Czerniak)

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Elżbieta Flis-Czerniak

Maria Curie-Skłodowska University Poland

The Myth of Shambhala, Knights-Yogis and Mahatma Knowledge. Esotericism and the Orient in Tadeusz Miciński’s Nietota

Abstract: The aim of the paper is to show inspirations with Indian culture in the novel Tadeusz Miciński’s Nietota. The writer was a representative of the modernist artists of the Young Poland period, who were interested in Indianism and adopted Indian motifs in their works. The basic source that inspired the modernists’ interest in Indian culture is considered to be Schopenhauer’s pessimistic idealism that has popularized such Hindu concepts as nirvana or maya. Miciński also assimilated this philosophy, however, in the case of the author of Nietota, it is Romantic literature that appears to have had a greater significance in the reception of Indian culture.

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