[INDOLOGY] Importance of avritti

rajam rajam at earthlink.net
Sat Jan 31 13:29:24 EST 2015


I couldn’t locate/download the 'H.P.Sastri’s English translation of Anandabhatta’s Vallalacarita' from the given link. 

However, here are my thoughts which may or may not fit here. 

1. I find a distant parallel in the Tamil Tolkappiyam to the nine distinguishing criteria of kula of the Kulinas enumerated in the “Vallalacarita." The Tolkappiyam enumerates 9 qualities/characteristics to be compatible in people who choose their life partners: piṟappu, kuṭimai, āṇmai, āṇṭu, … kāma vāyil, niṟai, aruḷ, uṇarvu, thiru

2. One of the eight types of marriages referred in the Tamil text iṟaiyaṉār kaḷaviyal is piracāpattiyam (== prajapatya). I find a similarity here between the concept of avritti and the concept of piracāpattiyam. The code of piracāpattiyam is that if/when a brother-in-law of the same ‘gotra’ requests for a girl/bride, the girl’s relatives should give away that girl in acceptance of the marriage. I vaguely remember reading somewhere that the purpose of this type of marriage (prajapatya) was to procreate.

I’d like to learn more from members on this list.

Regards,
Rajam



> On Jan 30, 2015, at 12:25 PM, Sudalaimuthu Palaniappan via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
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> Date: January 30, 2015 at 12:25:29 PM PST
> From: palaniappa at aol.com
> To: indology at list.indology.info
> Subject: Importance of avritti
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> Dear Indologists,
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> In H. P. Sastri's English translation of Anandabhatta's Vallalacarita added to GRETIL by Reinhold  Gruenendahl, on pp. 3-4, we find the following sentence. (See http://gretil.sub.uni-goettingen.de/gretil.htm#AnVallcar <http://gretil.sub.uni-goettingen.de/gretil.htm#AnVallcar>)
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> "The nine distinguishing criteria of kula of the Kulinas are achára (cleanliness of conduct), vinaya (discipline), vidyá (learning), pratisthá (social position). tirthadarsana (pilgrimage), nishta (following the precepts of the Shastras), avritti (giving and taking girls to and from families of equal rank), tapa (austerities), and dána (gifts)."
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> I am interested in learning for how long the meaning 'giving and taking girls to and from families of equal rank' is associated with 'avritti'. Also is this concept of avritti considered an essential component of describing the lineage of brahmins and for how long?
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> Thanks in advance
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> Regards,
> Palaniappan
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