Shilappadikaram (The Ankle Bracelet)

Fiction by Prince Ilango Adigal

Translated by Alain Danielou

With a contribution by Prince Ilango Adigal

One of the great classics of Indian culture is the Shilappadikaram, or Lay of The Ankle Bracelet, a verse romance in the ancient Tamil language which is attributed to Ilangô Adigal, a Jain prince of the Third Century AD. This is a tale of wonders and misfortunes, of hapless mortals and capricious deities, of magic and heroism in a bright but also cruel world in which the law of Karma rules: “actions committed in past lives must always bear fruit.…
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