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Boar’s Flesh

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Buddha died from a meal of dried boar’s flesh. Mr. Sinnett tells us that the “boar” referred to was the boar avatar of Vishnu, and that “dried boar’s flesh” means esoteric knowledge prepared for popular use. None but Buddha himself must take the responsibility of giving out occult secrets, and he died while so occupied, i.e. in preparing for the general esoteric knowledge. The protreptics of Jamblicus are examples of similar interpretations. (See Nineteenth Century, June, 1893, p. 1021.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Boar (The)
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