Love in South Asia: A Cultural History by Francesca Orsini

By Francesca Orsini

Love could be a common feeling, yet tradition and language play a very important position in defining it. Idioms of affection have an extended background, and inside of each society there's constantly a couple of discourse, be it prescriptive, non secular, or gender-specific, to be had at any given time. This e-book explores the idioms of affection that experience built in South Asia, these phrases, conceptual clusters, photos and tales that have interlocked and grown into repertoires. together with essays by way of literary students, historians, anthropologists, movie historians and political theorists, the gathering unravels the interconnecting strands within the background of the idea that (shringara, 'ishq, prem and 'love') and maps their importance in literary, oral and visible traditions. every one essay examines a specific configuration and that means of affection at the foundation of style, tellers and audiences, and the monstrous creation units out the most repertoires, proposing the coed of South Asia with an immense cultural heritage.

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As a result of these events, Agnimitra deputes his general Virasena, bastard-brother of his queen, Dharini, to punish Yajnasena. On his campaign Virasena comes across the princess Malavika among the forest people and, ignorant of her identity, sends her to his sister where she enters the household of her destiny incognito as a servant in queen Dharini's retinue. Noticed by the king, the courtship begins. The hero of Harsha's play Priyadarsikii is the legendary King Udayana. '4 35 3h 37 For a review of the theories, see V.

Though primogeniture was the preferred form of slIccession, the historical record suggests that in fact collateral (non-direct) succession was far more common than is generally acknowledged. For all the importance attributed to the continuation of sovereignty through the birth or a male heir in the textual traditions, it is significant that Kautilya in the Arthasastra stresses that the first and foremost threat to the king's security came from his own sons. According to one authority, they were to be guarded against from their very birth.

Uh-ul-LlIhcih, ed. and trans. Anees Jahan Syed, Aurang:l'b in Mlintakhuhul-/I/huh (Bombay: Somaiya, 1977), p. 175. ), Edinburgh University Library, Or. MS 585, f. 59a; editor's introduction to Ras Baras Khan Kalawant, Shams ul-Aswcit (1698), Edinburgh University Library, Or. MS 585, f. lb. Sec. ), Andhra Pradesh Government Oriental Manuscripts Library,falsafa 326, f. la; see also Hakim Muhammad Karam Imam, Ma'dan al-Miisfqi (1859), trans. Govind Vidyarthi, • Melody Through Centuries', SlInRjt Natak Akademi 11-12 (1959), 14.

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