Re: [INDOLOGY] ratta-māla

Harry Spier vasishtha.spier at
Wed Apr 29 19:38:23 UTC 2020

Dear Rolf,

 raktamāla and raktamālya occur hundreds of times in about 75 texts in
Muktabodha's searchable e-text library.

1.  Direct link to the library is:

2. Type* <raktamAl**>  *in the search field.  The angle brackets are
required.  They tell the search engine you are using Kyoto-Harvard

3. Click on *search for words in e-texts*.

4.  The lines where raktamāla and raktamālya occur appear in an upper
panel.  When you click on any of these lines then the e-text opens at that
line in a lower panel.

Harry Spier

On Wed, Apr 29, 2020 at 11:18 AM Rolf Heinrich Koch via INDOLOGY <
indology at> 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
> references.
> Someone can help?
> Thank you
> Heiner
> --
> Dr. Rolf Heinrich
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