“There are eight abodes, eight places of sight, eight deities, and eight Purushas. Whoever understands those Purushas in their division, and again in their union, has overcome the world. I ask thee about the Purushas in the upanishads. And thou explain not him to me, they head will fall off.” S'akalya knew him not, so his head fell off. Moreover robbers took away his bones, mistaking them for something else.
- THE BRIHAD A'RANYAKA UPANISHAD
(quotation prefacing ‘The Exploits and Opinions of Dr Faustroll, Pataphysician’, Alfred Jarry, 1911)