A Sanskrit text on burglary?

aklujkar at unixg.ubc.ca aklujkar at unixg.ubc.ca
Mon Feb 24 23:01:36 UTC 1997

Skanda, Kar.niisuta, Muuladeva etc. are relatively well-known in Sanskrit
literature as teachers of the science of robbery/theft.brigandage etc. See:

Bloomfield, Maurice. 1913. "The character and adventures of Muuladeva.Æ
Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 52:616-50.
Bloomfield, Maurice. 1923. "The Art of stealing in Hindu fiction.Æ American
Journal of Philology 44: 97-133, 193-229 (two parts).
Bloomfield, Maurice. 1926. "On organized brigandage in Hindu fiction.Æ
American Journal of Philology 47:205-33.
Chakravarti, Chintaharan. 1932. "Two new lists of kalaas.Æ The Indian
Historical Quarterly 8:542-48..
Chakravarti, Chintaharan. 1950. "The art of stealing in Bengali folklore.Æ
Siddha Bhårat^ or the Rosary of Indology, Presenting 108 Original Papers on
Indological Subjects in Honour of the 60th Birthday of Dr. Siddheshwar
Varma. Ed. Vishva Bandhu. Hoshiarpur. Part/volume one, pp. 230-32. Modest
but informative.
George, Dieter. 1966. Ûa†mukha-kalpa. Ein Lehrbuch der Zauberei und
Diebeskunst aus dem indischen Mittelalter. Marburg. Two parts. A revised
edition in 1991 with the same title but in one volume. Berlin: Dietrich
Reimer Verlag. Monographien zur indischen Archaologie, Kunst und
Philologie; Bd. 7. Mine of information on the religio-magical side of
stealing. Some inaccuracies in bibliographic specification.
Hillebrandt 1922. "Zur Characteristik der Sarvilaka in der M.rcchaka.tikaa.
Spuren eines Steya-;saastra?Æ Zeitschrift f¥r Indologie und Iranistik
1:69-72. Reprinted in Hillebrandt's Kleine Schriften, pp. 461-64. Ed. Rahul
Peter Das. Glasenapp-Stiftung 28. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 1987.
The misprint of "Characteristik deræ for "Charakter/Charakteristisch desÆ
is in the original.

I have not been able to see the following publication;
Pavolini, Emilio. 1896. Vicende del tipo di Muuladeva. Giornale della
Societa` Asiatica Italiana 9:175-88.

I have reproduced the above bibliography from a recently published article
of mine: "Dharma-caurya-rasaayana as a text and as a work of Brahmin
Fantasy." Am.rta-mandaakinii, G.B. Palsule Felicitation Volume, Pune. 1996..

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