[INDOLOGY] cubits

patrick mccartney psdmccartney at gmail.com
Thu Jun 24 16:13:54 UTC 2021

Dear Friends,

I have a query about cubits. I know that different lengths for the cubit
measurement exist across time and cultures, though I'm still left with some
doubt about my conversion. Might I be correct in calculating 60 cubits =
27.4 meters (90 feet)?

I came across this figure in the following passage.

“Uggasena appeared; he climbed up a *pole sixty cubits high* made up of
many lengths of bamboo affixed one to the other firmly. He stood on top of
the pole poised to stage a performance.” (vol. 3, p 217) // “Their show
usually started with the appearance on the stage of a young maid, the
daughter of the troupe's leading acrobat. She displayed her skill in
acrobatics in various styles on a string of bamboos at a certain height
from the ground; she moved from end to end gently and steadily, as she
danced and sang with a pleasant voice.” (vol. 3, p 214) Vicittasārābhivaṃsa
et al. (1996, vol. 3, p. 217).

Thank you.

All the best,

パトリック マッカートニー
Patrick McCartney, PhD
Research Affiliate - Organization for Identity and Cultural Development
(OICD), Kyoto
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Visiting Fellow - South and South-east Asian Studies Department, Australian
National University
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