Shin Young Yoo
ysyoung at giaspn01.vsnl.net.in
Mon Dec 9 09:22:35 UTC 1996
Martin Bemmann asked
<<Can somebody provide me with more information and/or reference on the
custom of painting the goat's fur before sacrifice?>>
We read a passage in the paali matakabhatta-jaataka:
eko ti.n.nam vedaanam paaraguu disaapaamokkho aacariyo brahma.no
matakabhattam dassamiiti ekam e.lakam gaahaapetvaa antevaasike
aaha "taataa idam e.lakam nadim netvaa nhaapetvaa
ka.n.the maalam parikkhipitvaa pa~cangulikam datvaa
Robert Chalmers translated [The Jaataka, vol. 1, pp. 51-53]:
A Brahman, who was versed in the Three Vedas and world-famed as
a teacher, being minded to offer a Feast for the Dead, had
a goat fetched and said to his pupils, "my sons, take this goat
down to the river and bathe it, then hang a garland round its
neck, give it a pottle of grain to eat, groom it a bit, and bring
However, a problem here is how to interpret the word 'pa~ncangulika'
(translated above as a pottle of grain) which is used in the sense
'a space of five finger-breadths' else-where in the paali canon.
But I remember that one of my teachers once explained it as
'a mark with a coloured palm.'
I hope this may be useful for you.
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