[INDOLOGY] covering the floor with fresh white sand

Tieken, H.J.H. (Herman) H.J.H.Tieken at hum.leidenuniv.nl
Wed May 17 12:04:47 UTC 2023

Dear List Members,
In an article by Petra Kieffer-Pülz (The meaning of māl̥a(ka)/māla(ka) in Pāli) I came across a few text passages describing the mālaka decorated by,or the floor of which was covered, with fresh white sand (paṇḍarapul̥ina). I am interested to know if descriptions of this practice are also found in other than Buddhist texts and if there are ritual or religious concerns involved.
With the best wishes, Herman

Herman Tieken
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The Aśoka Inscriptions: Analysing a corpus, New Delhi: Primus Books, 2023.

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