ku ṭikā

hans bakker h.t.bakker at RUG.NL
Thu May 20 14:19:01 UTC 2010

> Dear All,
> in an old commentary (from a Buddhist context) of about the first 
> century AD, and probably of South Indian origin, i.e. in the 
> Andhakaṭṭhakathā, I have the statement that after burning a 
> corpse a hut (kuṭikā) is erected (karīyati) for the ashes and the 
> bones.
> Does anybody know whether this is some general habit or perhaps a 
> local custom or perhaps restricted to a specific time.
> Any suggestions are welcome,
> Petra
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> Dr. Petra Kieffer-Pülz
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In some Gandharan reliefs discussed in:  de Marco, G. (1987). T/he Stupa 
as a funerary monument. New iconographical evidence./ East and West,
37, 191–246,  funerary monuments are depicted that are described as  ` 
hut.'  (p. 232).  The matter is discussed again in my
/Monuments to the Dead in Ancient North India  /in Indo-Iranian Journal  
(2007) 50: 11–47, especially pp. 29f.


Prof Dr Hans T. Bakker
Institute of Indian Studies
University of Groningen
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