[INDOLOGY] Satirical criticism in Sanskrit literature and philosophy?
klaus.karttunen at helsinki.fi
Fri Jan 9 09:10:45 UTC 2015
Sear Jan and others,
I woukd also add act 3 of the Prabodhacandrodaya, a Kaapaalika converting a Buddhist and a Jaina monk to his creed offering them wine and sex. The author has a Vaishnava viewpoint. There is also a curious legend about the origin of linga worship through a curse of sages in the Vaamanapuraana, but I have not the reference at hand. A third possible case is the Jaiminiasvamedha, abounding in humorous scenes.
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On Jan 9, 2015, at 2:23 AM, Jan E.M. Houben wrote:
> Dear List Members,
> In order to pay a tribute to freedom of critical expression my Master course "Sanskrit, scientific and philosophical lingua franca" will in the following weeks, as it did yesterday, focus on
> Satirical criticism in Sanskrit literature and philosophy
> Without trying to be in any way complete I propose that the work of the following authors can be regarded as, to some extent at least, belonging in this category:
> Bhartrhari the poet/subhasita collector, Jayarasi, Ksemendra.
> Part of Bhavabhuuti's Maalatiimaadhava reads as satirical criticism on Kapaalikas.
> Now my question: ARE THERE ANY OTHER STRONG (extensive) EXAMPLES?
> Satire in Indian literature? WHAT is usually criticized?
> Satire in Indian philosophy? Criticism of WHAT? (Tattvopaplavasimha: of all philosophical-religious "truths" without trying to establish one's own).
> Writing satirical criticism in Sanskrit in a manuscript is not the same as expressing such criticism in the most accessible "language" thinkable: comics published in a weekly.
> HOW was satirical criticism in ancient, classical India RECEIVED?
> Did anyone suffer on account of critical views expressed in Sanskrit? Or only when it was
> expressed in a more popular language like Hindi (Kabir)?
> jan houben
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