Zur (inter)kulturellen Bestimmung des Raumes in Sprache, Literatur und Film
Edited By Ernest W. B. Hess-Lüttich and Pornsan Watanangura
2 Literarische Raum-Erfahrung
73 Auf der Suche nach Selbsterkenntnis: Hermann Hesses Morgenlandfahrt Eine buddhistische Perspektive1 Pornsan Watanangura (Chulalongkorn-Universität, Bangkok) Hermann Hesse’s short story, or in German ‚Erzählung‘ The Journey to the East is considered by many Germanists as a primary literary work to one of his most admirable novels Das Glasperlenspiel (1931-1942). The pilgrimage through both time and space, across imaginary and real geography is told from the point of view of H.H., who is a member of „The League”, a timeless religious sect. The Journey to the East is mostly considered as a symbolic and categorical traveling representing the process of the author’s self-develop- ment and a voyage back „home” in search of an ideal, inner security. How- ever, this pilgrimage has in some way a close connection to the Journey to the West, to India, of a Mahayana Buddhist monk, Xuanzang, often known in Thailand as Táng-sānzàng during Tang Dynasty in the 7th century. The dis- cussion of the pilgrimage of H.H. to ‚Orient‘ refers on the one hand to the real journey of the Buddhist monk to the ‚Occident‘, and on the other hand to the fictional voyage of the monk Táng-sānzàng to India, composed by a Chinese poet about a thousand years later in the 17th century China. The paper aims to illustrate another aspect of the symbolic process of the Journey to the East, especially the meaning of self-knowledge from a Buddhist perspectives. Be- sides, it may come as a...
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