Re: [INDOLOGY] ratta-māla
mmdesh at umich.edu
Wed Apr 29 15:48:25 UTC 2020
The word *rakta* indeed appears with the meaning of "red," but at
least in Marathi usage, the word refers to blood, which of course has red
color. I wonder if the executioner is said to wear something bloody. Just
Madhav M. Deshpande
Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies
[Residence: Campbell, California, USA]
On Wed, Apr 29, 2020 at 8:18 AM Rolf Heinrich Koch via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
> Dear listmembers,
> anyone of you came probably across a description of someone who is
> adorned with a *rattamāla* "a red garland of flowers"
> And: Where, at which part of the body, he wears this garland?
> I found two quotations in Jātakas: Here in each case it is a executioner (
> *vadhaka*, *coraghātaka*) who is adorned with a *rattamāla*.
> The artists of the last centuries painted the executioner with a garland
> hanging around his neck or even across his upper body.
> But there is another quotation, in the Vessantara-Jātaka, where the
> Brahmin Jūjaka is adorned ... *dvīsu kaṇṇesu ratta-mālā* ...= with a
> garland of flowers bound at each of his two ears.
> I think a *rattamāla *original adorned the ears. But I need textual
> Someone can help?
> Thank you
> Dr. Rolf Heinrich Kochwww.rolfheinrichkoch.wordpress.com
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