[INDOLOGY] hermaphrodite king as an evil omen
kauzeya at gmail.com
Tue Jan 10 18:03:10 UTC 2017
perhaps I have been over-hasty in assuming the identification of these
terms with the specific category of hermaphrodite. Should we understand
rather eunuch? In any event, what is the connection with a monkey?
On Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 4:13 PM, Jonathan Silk <kauzeya at gmail.com> wrote:
> The terms, perhaps I should specify, in the Skt sources are variously
> found as paṇḍaka and vikalendriya.
> On Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 2:18 PM, Matthew Kapstein <mkapstei at uchicago.edu>
>> Dear Jonathan,
>> I do not know of the hermaphrodite part, but otherwise the prophecy of
>> the monkey will indeed be
>> fulfilled in Washington next week.
>> best regards,
>> Matthew Kapstein
>> Directeur d'études,
>> Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
>> Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
>> The University of Chicago
>> From: INDOLOGY [indology-bounces at list.indology.info] on behalf of
>> Jonathan Silk [kauzeya at gmail.com]
>> Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 5:33 AM
>> To: Indology
>> Subject: [INDOLOGY] hermaphrodite king as an evil omen
>> Dear Friends,
>> This may be something well known, but...
>> I am working now on a set of prophecies of the evil to beset the Buddhist
>> community after the Buddha's death. These (they are relatively well known)
>> are cast as dreams of King Kṛkin, who lived in the distant past, and whose
>> dreams were interpreted by the Buddha Kāśyapa (some sources say this was
>> his son!) as pertaining to his far future, namely, our time, more or less.
>> Anyway, one of the dreams is that a monkey will be consecrated as king,
>> which is interpreted to mean that a hermaphrodite will be consecrated king.
>> I've looked (sort of, not exactly sure even how to look for this!) to see
>> whether this is considered a sign of decline, but I've come up empty.
>> Probably i'm just looking in the wrong place... but one of you śiṣṭas must
>> thanks! jonathan
>> J. Silk
>> Leiden University
>> Leiden University Institute for Area Studies, LIAS
>> Matthias de Vrieshof 3, Room 0.05b
>> 2311 BZ Leiden
>> The Netherlands
>> copies of my publications may be found at
> J. Silk
> Leiden University
> Leiden University Institute for Area Studies, LIAS
> Matthias de Vrieshof 3, Room 0.05b
> 2311 BZ Leiden
> The Netherlands
> copies of my publications may be found at
Leiden University Institute for Area Studies, LIAS
Matthias de Vrieshof 3, Room 0.05b
2311 BZ Leiden
copies of my publications may be found at
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