In the sixth ucchvāsa of the Daśakumāracarita, Daṇḍin narrates a short story in which a young man coming from Kāñcī is in search for a bride. He finds the suitable girl in a town on the banks of the Kāverī; her beauty is a sign of auspiciousness, and she proves to be able to cook a full meal only with the aid of a limited amount of rice. As for the meal, the passage is extremely interesting from a documentary point of view, because it describes its preparation in full detail. As well known, Daṇḍin is a Pallava poet, who writes around 700 CE; Kāñcī was the Pallava capital at that time, and the full story appears to take place in Pallava territory. The author must know the recipes he is describing quite well. But, besides providing a pleasant short novel, he almost surely had other aims as well. Daṇḍin is always very precise in locating the adventures of his characters, who quite often are of dubious morality. It is most probable that this perfect wife, and the ‘pure’ meal proposed, are also to be read as a way to extol the virtuous women and the Brahmanic customs of the Pallava country, and thus of the Dravidian South.
|Titolo:||A suitable girl : Daṇḍin and a meal on the banks of the Kāverī|
|Data di pubblicazione:||19-set-2014|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore L-OR/18 - Indologia e Tibetologia|
|Enti collegati al convegno:||Università degli studi di Milano|
|Citazione:||A suitable girl : Daṇḍin and a meal on the banks of the Kāverī / C.D. Pieruccini. ((Intervento presentato al convegno Food and fasting : nourishment in Indian literature, art and thought tenutosi a Milano nel 2014.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||14 - Intervento a convegno non pubblicato|