Elephant in the Room – II: Glimpses from the past

Vijayakrishnan, Sreedhar (2015) Elephant in the Room – II: Glimpses from the past. India Facts.

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    Abstract

    Mātangalīla, the magnum opus by Nīlakanta dates back a few centuries, Malayalam Era (Kollavarsham) 761 according to the interpretation of the text by Cheruvalli Narayanan Namboothiri and an English translation of the text by Frank Edgerton; Pālakāpyam, the one that formed basis for the former however was written much earlier, although the exact date is unknown. There are anecdotes and arguments raised with regard to the historicity of elephants’ association/or their use with/in temples and other religious establishments, which is the central part of the Elephant in the Room, although a detailed attempt at arriving at more reliable estimates of the period is lacking. Neither Mātangalīla nor Pālakāpyam does mention about use of elephants in temples or for religious practices, and both these texts that deal with good and bad signs of an elephant (śuba-aśuba lakshana:), musth, treatment and daily care, trade and price determination, talk of elephants as vehicles for the kings (…sa: gajō rājavāhana: for instance).

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: School of Natural and Engineering Sciences > Animal Behaviour
    Programmes > Ecology, Behaviour and Conservation
    Divisions: Schools > Natural Sciences and Engineering
    Depositing User: K Rajesh
    Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2016 07:34
    Last Modified: 19 Feb 2016 06:55
    URI: http://eprints.nias.res.in/id/eprint/1007

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