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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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Nativity

Nativity

Chapter:
(p.50) 3 Nativity
Source:
Sugata Saurabha
Author(s):

Todd Lewis (Contributor Webpage)

Subarna Tuladhar

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341829.003.0004

Hridaya did not believe in the supernatural. For the portrayal of the nativity of the future Buddha, he was a modernist thinker reluctant to follow the footsteps of his Buddhist ancestors who described the birth with supernormal occurrences. His description offers an explanation of the legendary account of lotuses sprouting under the infant future Buddha's feet as he is said to walk right after his birth. After narrating how King Shuddhodana rides on horseback to see Queen Māyā and his newborn son, the poet vividly describes the extraordinary musical and decorative welcome accorded to the baby upon arrival back in the streets of Kapilavastu. While describing the city, the poet offers an idealized portrayal of Nepalese urban architecture and temple decoration. Likewise, by way of describing the musical bands, the poet conveys the broad gamut of musical genres and artistic accomplishments in Newar society.

Keywords:   modernist, King Shuddhodana, Queen Māyā, birth, Newar, music, temple, artistic, urban

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