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Sugata SaurabhaAn Epic Poem from Nepal on the Life of the Buddha by Chittadhar Hridaya$
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Todd T. Lewis and Subarna Man Tuladhar

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195341829

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341829.001.0001

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Family Tree

Family Tree

Chapter:
(p.30) 2 Family Tree
Source:
Sugata Saurabha
Author(s):

Todd Lewis (Contributor Webpage)

Subarna Tuladhar

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341829.003.0003

“Family Tree” delves into the ancestors of Siddhārtha Gautama as one belonging to the Shākya clan, a lineage in the solar dynasty whose members include figures from Indic legend. References to figures in Indic myth are woven into the Buddha's story. The poet describes the Buddha's father's reign in many areas of governance. In doing so, there are many points of good governance, a topic that echoes discussions of reform and criticism that doubtlessly swirled among Chittadhar and the activists he shared jail with. The chapter returns to when King Shuddhodana and his two wives underwent treatments to ensure the birth of a son. The result is recounted with Queen Māyā's dream of a white elephant entering her side, which the royal astrologers interpret as a sign of the birth of an extraordinary child. Māyā's pregnancy leads to her departure for her hometown where she wanted to give birth.

Keywords:   Indic myth, dynasty, Queen Māyā, King Shuddhodana, Shākya clan, governance

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