[INDOLOGY] suicide as a result of love

Andrew Ollett andrew.ollett at gmail.com
Mon Jun 6 06:51:15 UTC 2016

I have the feeling that this is a relatively common motif in story
literature. The one example that comes to mind is the Prakrit verse romance
Līlāvatī, in which one of the characters (Kuvalayāvalī) has a "gandharva"
wedding with a Gandharva (Citrāṅgada), and when her father finds out and
curses them, she is so overcome with shame that she tries to hang herself
from a tree. She is stopped at the last moment by her mother Rambhā. This
is around v. 658 in A.N. Upadhye's edition.

On Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 8:25 AM, Alex Watson <alex.watson at ashoka.edu.in>

> Dear List Members
> A colleague, Madhavi Menon, who is writing a book entitled 'A History of
> Desire in India', has asked me the following question.  All help
> appreciated; I will forward your responses to her.
> "Are there any narratives in Sanskrit/Buddhist
> literature/philosophy/history that talk about suicide, or ātma-hatyā,
> specifically in relation to love and desire?"
> Yours Alex
> --
> Alex Watson
> Professor of Indian Philosophy
> Ashoka University
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