[INDOLOGY] dacoits, bandits, thugs and other unsavory characters

Matthew Kapstein mkapstei at uchicago.edu
Sun Jun 9 09:14:41 UTC 2013

Dear Bob,

I think you'll find, among ancient texts, richer materials on this in the early Buddhist and Jain canons
than you will in Vedic sources. The Buddhist arhat Angulimaala comes immediately to
mind as an ideal typical proto-thug.

all best,

Matthew Kapstein
Directeur d'études,
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes

Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
The University of Chicago


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