Shuca, aka: Sūcā, Suca, Śuca, Śucā, Sūca; 5 Definition(s)


Shuca means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit terms Śuca and Śucā can be transliterated into English as Suca or Shuca, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Shucha.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Śuca (शुच).—A son of Nariṣyanta.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 12. 20.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Sūcā (सूचा) refers to one of the representations through which the body (śārīra) expresse itself, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 24. It is also known by the name Sūcābhinaya. These bodily expressions, or representations (abhinaya), are to be executed in accordance with the psychological states (bhāva) and sentiments (rasa) available in the dramatic play (nāṭya). It forms a part of sāmānyābhinaya, or “harmonious representation”.

The sūcā representation is meant to be combined with dance. According to the Nāṭyaśāstra, “when the meaning of a sentence or the sentence itself is indicated first by sattva and gestures (aṅga, āṅgika), and then a verbal representation (vācika) is made, it is called Sūcā”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, 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 (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śucā (शुचा).—f. [śuc-kvip ṭāp vā]

1) Grief, sorrow, affliction, distress; विकलकरणः पाण्डुछायः शुचा परिदुर्बलः (vikalakaraṇaḥ pāṇḍuchāyaḥ śucā paridurbalaḥ) U. 3.22; कामं जीवति मे नाथ इति सा विजहौ शुचम् (kāmaṃ jīvati me nātha iti sā vijahau śucam) R.12.75;8. 72; Me.9; Ś.4.18.

2) (pl.) Tears; भूतलेऽनुपतन्त्यस्मिन् विना ते प्राणिनां शुचः (bhūtale'nupatantyasmin vinā te prāṇināṃ śucaḥ) Bhāg.1.17.8.

See also (synonyms): śuc.

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Sūca (सूच).—A pointed shoot or blade of Kuśa grass.

Derivable forms: sūcaḥ (सूचः).

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Sūcā (सूचा).—

1) Piercing.

2) Gesticulation.

3) Spying out, seeing, sight.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śucā (शुचा).—f.

(-cā) Sorrow, distress: see śuc .

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Sūca (सूच).—m.

(-caḥ) A pointed shoot or blade of the Kuśa grass. f. (-cī) A needle: see sūci. f.

(-cā) 1. Gesticulation. 2. Sight, seeing. 3. Piercing. E. siv to sew, caṭ Unadi aff., and ū substituted for the final; or sūc to make known, affs. ac and ṭāp .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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