Sihabahu, Sīhabāhu: 1 definition



Sihabahu means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

Father of Vijaya.

According to legend, his father was a lion and his mother a princess of Vanga (see Susima). His hands and feet were like a lions paws. He had a sister, Sihasivali.

When he was sixteen he escaped with his mother and sister and arrived in the capital of Vanga. Later he killed his father for a reward and was offered the throne of Vanga.

He refused this and founded a city, Sihapura, in his native country of Lala, and there lived with Sihasivali, whom he made his consort. They had thirty two children, of whom Vijaya was the eldest and Sumitta the second. Dpv.ix.2-6; , 24-38; viii.2, 6.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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