[INDOLOGY] Sambulā-Jātaka

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at umich.edu
Sun Mar 22 16:01:09 EDT 2020


In the R̥gveda, there is an account of Indra cleansing Apālā from a skin
disease.  For a discussion of this, see:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3827509/

Madhav M. Deshpande
Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies

[Residence: Campbell, California, USA]


On Sun, Mar 22, 2020 at 9:15 AM Rolf Heinrich Koch via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear Listmembers,
> the Sambulā-Jātaka (519) is illustrated at a monastery Sri Lanka. Sambulā
> takes care of her leprosy husband Sotthisena in the forest. A demon falls
> in love and tries to catch her but Śakra rescues her.  The corresponding
> mural depicts Śakra as a terrible being holding a club in his hands. The
> Pali Jātaka provides no description of a disguised Śakra but in the
> Sinhalese Sambulā-Jātaka we can read, that Śakra saves Sambulā in the
> disguise of a terrible being (...*Sakdevraja bhayānaka vēṣayak geṇa*
> ...). I suppose this is recorded in a source of the Mūlasarvāstivāda-Vinaya
> tradition, written in Sanskrit or Tibetan.
> Anyone of you came across a similar version of this story, where Śakra
> saves Sambulā in a terrible disguise?
>
> Thank you
>
> Heiner
>
> Rolf Heinrich Koch
>
> -- www.rolfheinrichkoch.wordpress.com
>
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