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Aṅgika, aka: Angika, Āṅgika; 5 Definition(s)


Aṅgika means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

The Sanskrit term Aṅgika can be transliterated into English as Angika, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Nāṭyaśāstra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Āṅgika (आङ्गिक) refers to “physical representations” and forms a part of abhinaya (techniques of representation), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 8. Abhinaya is used in communicating the meaning of the drama (nāṭya) and calling forth the sentiment (rasa).

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Āṅgika (आङ्गिक, “physical representation”) consists of the use of various gestures and postures of which the Nāṭyaśāstra gives elaborate descriptions. Different limbs have been named and their manifold gestures and movements described, with various significance attached to each one of them.

Āṅgika (‘gestures and postures’) is of three kinds, viz.

  1. that of the limbs (śārira),
  2. that of the face (mukhaja)
  3. and that related to [different], movements of the entire body (ceṣṭākṛta) including the Śākhā, the Aṅga and the Upāṅga.
Source: archive.org: Natya Shastra

about this context:

Nāṭyaśāstra (नाट्यशास्त्र, natya-shastra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition of performing arts, (e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nāṭya) and poetic works (kāvya).

General definition (in Hinduism)

Āṅgika (आङ्गिक, “gestures and postures”) is a Sanskrit technical term used in plays and dramas (nāṭya), as explained in the Nāṭyaśāstra.

Source: Wisdom Library: A History of Indian Philosophy

In Buddhism


Aṅgika, (-°) (adj.) (fr. aṅga) consisting of parts, — fold; only in compn. with num. like aṭṭh°, duv° (see dve), catur°, pañc° etc., q. v. (Page 7)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

aṅgika : (adj.) (in cpds:), consisting of so many parts; e.g. duvaṅgika = consisting of two parts.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

about this context:

Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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