[INDOLOGY] dyūta and dharma

Tieken, H.J.H. H.J.H.Tieken at hum.leidenuniv.nl
Fri May 8 09:58:34 EDT 2020


Dear List members,

In Kauṭilya's Arthaśāstra the duties of the dyūta adhyakṣa is dealt with in Book 3 immediately after that of the dharmastha. I suspect there is a "deeper" relationship involved between dharma and dyūta than that of law and fair play. For that, see Lüders (Würfelspiel im alten Indian), who refers to the Vidhurapaṇḍitajātaka (1227: dhammena jiyyāma asāhasena) and the Mahābhārata (2, 59: dharmeṇa tu jayo yuddhe tatparaṃ na tu devanaṃ/ ajihmaṃ aśaṭhena yuddhaṃ etat satpuruṣavrataṃ). I wonder if something has been written about this.

Herman


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