Kill before being killed

Palaniappa Palaniappa at AOL.COM
Wed Dec 10 05:53:41 UTC 1997

In a message dated 97-12-09 12:13:11 EST, keulrich at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU writes:

<< In a fourteenth century commentary on the Tamil Jain text NIlakEci (verse
 286), a woman decides to push her husband off a cliff before he kills her.
 She refers to a 'wise saying':

 taR kolliyai muR kolliya, kill before the killing of oneself.
The story being mentioned here is that of "kuNTalakEci" a Buddhist work which
is one of the five major epics of Tamil literature (in this the protagonist-
heroine becomes a Buddhist nun) most of which is lost. On the other hand,
nIlakEci, a minor epic, which has survived is a Jain work (the protagonist-
heroine becomes a Jain nun).


S. Palaniappan

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