[INDOLOGY] poison

Vitus Angermeier vitus.angermeier at univie.ac.at
Mon Jun 8 06:37:15 EDT 2020


Dear colleagues,
the chapter of the Carakasaṃhita concerned with poison (Cikitsasthāna 
23) is called viṣaciktsitam 
(https://sarit.indology.info/apps/sarit-pm/works/carakasamhita.xml?root=1.5.4.13.50). 
kaumārabhṛtyakam is one of the eight aṅgas of Ayurveda and includes 
mostly paediatrics.

There is some specialized information on poisoning in N.M. Penzers 
Appendix III (poison-damsels) in "The Ocean of Story" Vol. 2 from 1924 
(pp. 275–313): 
https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.533752/page/n303/mode/2up 
It was reworked into a an essay later (Poison-Damsels and Other Essays 
in Folklore and Anthropology, 1952).
I believe no one has mentioned this so far.

Best wishes,
Vitus Angermeier

Am 05.06.2020 um 22:30 schrieb Dan Lusthaus:
> Dear Jonathan,
>
> I believe viṣaśāstra, as its name implies, is a general term for 
> toxicology, dealing with things like poisons, venoms, etc. Many 
> medical works have sections on this. The Caraka-saṃhitā called this 
> kaumārabhṛtyakam; the Suśruta called it agadatantra; Vagbhata called 
> it daṃṣṭrā. Yijing, in his survey of Indian Medicine, called it 論惡揭陀藥 
> (cf. T 54.2125.223b28-23c6).
>
> Some of our illustrious colleagues who deal with that literature can 
> perhaps guide you to more specific sources.
>
> best,
> Dan
>
>> On Jun 5, 2020, at 1:41 PM, Jonathan Silk via INDOLOGY 
>> <indology at list.indology.info <mailto:indology at list.indology.info>> wrote:
>>
>> Dear Friends
>> My friend Charles Ramble is working on a Tibetan text on poison. It 
>> mentions for instance 32 types. I am aware that (no doubt among 
>> others) /Suśrutasaṁhitā/ in its Kalpasthāna has much to say about 
>> poison, but understandably, not how to make it. There seems to exist 
>> a term /viṣaśāstra/, but more I have not been able to discover. I 
>> feel I may have overlooked something rather well known.
>> I would be delighted both to learn more myself (no, I'm not looking 
>> to poison anyone!) and to pass along the information to Charles.
>>
>> Very best,
>> Jonathan
>>
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