[INDOLOGY] Kept women?

Martin Gansten martin.gansten at pbhome.se
Tue Feb 14 08:02:20 UTC 2017

Dear Walter,

Many thanks for confirming my suspicion -- no doubt dhṛtā and dhṛtastrī 
mean the same. I had somehow missed Olivelle's /Dictionary/, but have 
now rectified the mistake and ordered my copy.

Best wishes,

Den 2017-02-13 kl. 17:56, skrev Walter Slaje:
> Dear Martin,
> this sounds like a variant expression for avaruddhā (strī) / 
> avaruddhastrī. The latter is explained in Olivelle's Dictionary (2015) 
> as a "mistress or concubine in the exclusive keeping of one individual 
> until his death". Avaruddhā is an old and quite common term for women 
> kept in a harem (avarodha), testified as orodhā also in Pāli texts. 
> Closest to your "dhṛtastrī" seems to come "dhṛtā" ("a concubine"). 
> Evidence to be found in Jaina texts: B. J. Sandesara, Lexicographical 
> Studies in „Jaina Sanskrit“. /Journal of the Oriental Institute 
> Baroda/ 9.4 (1960): 60.
> A cheerful read: David Smith, „One man and many women: some notes on 
> the harem in mainly ancient and medieval India from sundry 
> perspectives.“In: /Cracow Indological Studies/ 14 (2012), S. 1-16.
> Best wishes,
> Walter

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