[INDOLOGY] Chinkara (a gazelle)

John Huntington john.darumadera at gmail.com
Fri Feb 15 22:35:51 UTC 2019

Thank you Patrick,

They are a beautiful Gazelle/Antelope that is amazingly wide spread in
India, pakistan and even in Iran. I have attached a picture on one that I
have edited. I have travelled across most of the subcontinent and never
seen one that I can recall

On Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 1:41 PM Olivelle, J P <jpo at austin.utexas.edu> wrote:

> Hi John:
> Can you post a picture of the animal?
> Patrick
> On Feb 15, 2019, at 12:27 PM, John Huntington via INDOLOGY <
> indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
> Dear list members,
> I am working on a very modest terminology and illustrated list of animals
> that occur in Buddhism. Unfortunately one, the Chinkara a (small gazelle)
> which repeatedly appears to either side of the Dharmachakra in most
> sculptures oof the first turning, does not appear to have a verifiable
> Sanskrit name. In essence, it is the "deer" of the 'deer park' translation
> of "mṛgadava."
> The creature depicted does not (or *very* rarely) has branched antlers (a
> deer characteristic) but gently curving horns which it does not shed (an
> antelope gazelle characteristic).
> My sincere appreciation for any help or references.
> Best to all
> John
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