The Ankle Bracelet (dated between the third and seventh centuries A.D.) is one of the ancient epic romances in Tamil–providing a tale of wonders and woes, magic and misfortune.
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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.” Thus the peerless young Kôvalan will leave his loyal wife Kannaki for the courtesan Midhavi, and though he returns to her, still meets his death because of her ill-omened ankle bracelet. The Shilappadikaram has been called all epic and even a novel, but it is also a book of general education. llangô packed his story with information: history merging into myth, religious rites, caste customs, military lore, descriptions of city or country life. And four Cantos are little anthologies of the poetry of the period (seashore and mountain songs, hunters’ and milkmaids’ songs). Thus the Shilappadikaram gives us a vivid picture of early Indian life in all its aspects.

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Paperback (published April 1, 1964)

ISBN
9780811200011
Price US
14.95
Page Count
228

Prince Ilango Adigal

Ancient Tamil poet and Jain monk.

The Ankle Bracelet (dated between the third and seventh centuries A.D.) is one of the ancient epic romances in Tamil–providing a tale of wonders and woes, magic and misfortune.
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