[INDOLOGY] royal hunt

Rolf Heinrich Koch rolfheiner.koch at gmail.com
Tue Aug 10 20:04:39 UTC 2021

Thank you to all who inspired me with a lot of material concerning the 
royal hunt in Pali and Sanskrit literature.

The most helpful source is the German thesis of *Robert Kottenthaler 
(1996): Die Jagd im alten Indien*. Additionally the author includes 
material of early Indian art.


Am 10.08.2021 um 21:56 schrieb Jesse Knutson:
> namaskaromi friends, The Kāmandakīya Nītisāra also picks up the A.Ś. 
> material Mark brings up and goes into detail about the construction of 
> what it calls the "mṛgayāraṇya." See N.S. 15.29-15.42, prior to which 
> there is an elaborate warning against the dangers of hunting and a 
> pitch for alternative ways to get the benefits of hunting, e.g. 
> "yantralakṣya" for improving aim, exercise for toning the body, etc. 
> Best to all, bhavadīyaḥ,J
> On Tue, Aug 10, 2021 at 5:31 AM Mark McClish via INDOLOGY 
> <indology at list.indology.info <mailto:indology at list.indology.info>> wrote:
>     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 /|
>     Best,
>     Mark
>>     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
>>     Heiner
>>     -- 
>>     Dr. Rolf Heinrich Koch
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