WorldTraveller wrote: ↑
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:08 am
Perhaps OP can enlightened us about when, where, and why actually the idea of pretas created in ancient India.
Prior to 900 BCE, as far as 1500 BCE, the Vedic ancestral spirits were said to be self sustaining ethereal beings who were bathing in endless sensual pleasures. But they once a while may have listened to the requests of the living kin and provided support for worldly matters such as wars or births of sons (most popular request).
Now this became not enough for the survival of the priests. The solution was the creation of the preta
s. In this modified version, the ancestral spirits were stuck in an intermediate state—being unable to travel further up towards the heavens—after the death waiting for a series of complex rituals to be conducted only by specialist priests. The main feature of all these rituals is feeding the priests. If failed the dead said to be stuck as an “angry ghost” in the intermediate state, forever becoming a threat to the living.
The whole preta
ideology was a success in the Brahmanical society mainly due to fear of them and secondly the pity. Once the rituals established in the society, dependency (O.C.D.
) would have been a sustaining cause too.