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Félix Nève (1816-1893) et les études védiques. Poétique du Ṛgveda et apologétique du déluge universel

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by Guillaume DUCŒUR, in Luc COURTOIS (ed.), Les études orientales à l’Université de Louvain depuis 1834 (Histoire, 12), Brussels, 2021.

Félix Nève (1816-1893) was a pioneer of Sanskrit studies, and Vedic studies in particular, at the University of Louvain, where he taught from 1841 after returning from a period of study in Paris with Eugène Burnouf. Despite the progress in Europe of critical research in the field of the history of religions of ancient India, Nève, who believed that Indian studies played a role in the evangelization of the East Indies, continued to promote a certain romantic vision of the Ṛgveda and insist on the primacy of the Old Testament over other sources. Following William Jones, he defended the antiquity and historicity of the story about the universal flood recorded by Moses in Genesis, and attempted to demonstrate that the tales about a vast flood preserved in the Śatapatha Brāhmaṇa, the Mahābhārata and the Purāṇa were taken from the biblical text.

Keywords: Nève, Veda, sanskrit, India, flood, evangelization


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