perhaps only of minimal or indeed no relevance to your question:

Dwivedi, R. C. 1981. “Concept of Obscenity (aślīlatā) in Sanskrit Poetics.” Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute 62.1/4: 67–76.
Hopkins, E. Washburn. 1925. “Words of Defamation in Sanskrit Legal Language.” Journal of the American Oriental Society 45: 39–50.
Masson-Moussaieff, J. 1971. “Obscenity in Sanskrit Literature.” Mahfil 7.3/4: 197–207.
Vigasin, Alexey A. 2016. “Verbal Abuse and Obscenity in Ancient India”, Vestnik drevnei istorii 76/1: 108–117. In Russian: Вигасин А. А. Поношение и срамословие в Древней Индии // Вестник древней истории.


On Wed, Nov 25, 2020 at 12:32 PM Tim Felix Aufderheide via INDOLOGY <> wrote:

Dear fellow list members,

does anybody happen to know of (an) example(s) from Sanskrit literature (preferably Vedic or Epic) in which a genitival aluk-compound is used as an insult? I mean in partcular the type of aluk-compounds whose usage is described and licensed by Pāṇ. 6.3.21 and 6.3.22.

Hints to secondary literature on cursing and swear words in Ancient India or on the aforementioned Sūtras (and maybe also Details on the Pāṇinian treatment of aluk-compound in general) would of course be highly appreciated as well.

Thanks in advance


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