Upper body clothing ...

Das Menon dmenon at pacific.net.sg
Wed Oct 2 02:57:19 UTC 1996

In Kerala the traditional attaire of the male is "dhothi" and
"angavasthram". Traditionally the angavasthram is removed from one's
shoulder and tied around the waist before entering temples etc. Today , as
far as I know, all temples allow the male to keep the angavasthram over the
upper boady, except for the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum, which
is still a private temple belonging to the Trivandrum royal family.

But in the temples of Northern India, once enters the temples fully clothed! 

I have no idea whether this is related to the Buddhist custom.


>On Wed, 2 Oct 1996, Peter J. Claus wrote:
> A colleague asked me about the significance of the
> repeated phrase in a particular Buddhist sutra.  It
> begins each of the discourses of the Buddha, after he
> arrived at a meeting place and is greeted.  The phrase
> is translated:
> "He (the questioner) bared his right shoulder and
> clasped his hands ...."
> What is the significance of "baring the right
> shoulder"?  It is not, to my knowledge, a practice
> found generally in India today, nor even in
> ethnographic literature.  

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