[INDOLOGY] Draupadii and polyandry

Artur Karp karp at uw.edu.pl
Sat Oct 27 21:06:10 UTC 2018

We should take care not to confuse *arguments for* with *historical

Since historical precedents are in this case weak, the arguments for seem
to be *ad hoc* creations, only feigning strength, just pretending to be
based on secure premises.

Karna sees through them.

And - the best, too.


2018-10-27 21:14 GMT+02:00 Simon Brodbeck via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info>:

> Dear Artur,
> You say Draupadi's polyandry is "unexpected, devoid of precedents". It is
> unexpected to Drupada most particularly, since the Pandavas have been given
> to expect it by Vyasa a little while beforehand, and Draupadi herself takes
> to it very nicely. But there is apparently the precedent that Yudhishthira
> mentions. As you say, that the polyandry demands explanations -- and so it
> is given plenty of them. How are those explanations "unconvincing and
> weak"? In context they are strong enough to be convincing to all surprised
> parties, even if Karna later says she is a whore.
> All the best, from Simon B.
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