[INDOLOGY] The Buddha and the elephant

alakendu das mailmealakendudas at rediffmail.com
Thu Jun 4 06:20:04 UTC 2020

Dr.Michaels,Truly enough, elephant finds a special place in the various anecdotes related to Buddha's birth.According to some, Mahamaya , Siddharth Gautam Buddha's Mother( Queen to King Suddhodhana, Buddha's father) dreamt of a white elephant entering her womb before Buddha's birth.(or, elephant making their way out of her womb, according to others) The Hatigumpha cave in Orissa, India, depicting two elephants forging their way out of a mountain cave, is related to Buddha's birth anecdotes.Elephant has a significant place in Buddhist iconography.
                Alakendu Das.

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Dear all,
a friend asked me, whether I now the origin of Malraux’s following epitaph: “The elephant is the wisest of all the animals, the only one who  remembers his former lives; and he remains motionless for long periods of time,
 meditating thereon.-BUDDHIST TEXT”. It’s in Malraux’s Anti Memoirs.
I have no clue. Anybody of you?
Axel Michaels

Prof. Dr. Axel Michaels
Senior Professor | Vice President Heidelberger Academy of Science and Humanities | Founding Director of CATS

Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS)
Südasien-Institut / South Asia Institute
Universität Heidelberg
Vossstr. 2, Geb. 4130
Raum 130.03.07
D-69115 Heidelberg
E: michaels at hcts.uni-heidelberg.de
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