[INDOLOGY] royal hunt

Mark McClish mark.mcclish at northwestern.edu
Tue Aug 10 15:31:29 UTC 2021

Dear Heiner,

As much can be implied in the Arthaśāstra at 2.2.3, which provides rules for establishing the king’s mṛgavana. It is to be provisioned, among other things, with bhagnanakhadaṃṣṭravyāla: various kinds of vicious animals with their claws and fangs broken or removed. Here is the passage from the Kyōto e-text:

tāvanmātram ekadvāraṃ khātaguptaṃ svāduphalagulmaguccham akaṇṭakidrumam uttānatoyāśayaṃ dāntamṛgacatuṣpadaṃ bhagnanakhadaṃṣṭravyālaṃ mārgayukahastihastinīkalabhaṃ mṛgavanaṃ vihārārthaṃ rājñaḥ kārayet | sarvātithimṛgaṃ pratyante cānyanmṛgavanaṃ bhūmivaśena vā niveśayet |


On Aug 10, 2021, at 2:36 AM, Rolf Heinrich Koch via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info<mailto:indology at list.indology.info>> wrote:

Dear listmembers,

I am searching for quotations (preferably in Sanskrit/Pali sources) which clearly describe that for a royal hunting trip the animal to be hunted has been caught beforehand and later released for this royal hunt.

This would be helpful for the interpretation of a picture strip which visualizes the Ālavaka-damana-story according to thr Buddhist commentary literature.

Has any of you stumbled upon such a passage by chance?

Many thanks


Dr. Rolf Heinrich Koch

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