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Sucimukha, aka: Sūcimukha, Sūcīmukha; 5 Definition(s)

Introduction

Sucimukha 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.

In Hinduism

Dhanurveda (science of warfare)

Sūcīmukha (सूचीमुख) refers to a kind of weapon (the point of a needle). It is a Sanskrit word defined in the Dhanurveda-saṃhitā, which contains a list of no less than 117 weapons. The Dhanurveda-saṃhitā is said to have been composed by the sage Vasiṣṭha, who in turn transmitted it trough a tradition of sages, which can eventually be traced to Śiva and Brahmā.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dhanurveda

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Dhanurveda (धनुर्वेद) refers to the “knowledge of warfare” and, as an upaveda, is associated with the Ṛgveda. It contains instructions on warfare, archery and ancient Indian martial arts, dating back to the 2nd-3rd millennium BCE.

Nāṭyaśāstra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

1) Sūcīmukha (सूचीमुख) refers to a gesture (āṅgika) made with a ‘single hand’ (asaṃyuta), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 8. It is also known by the name Sūcyāsya. The hands (hasta) form a part of the human body which represents one of the six major limbs (aṅga) used in dramatic performance. With these limbs are made the various gestures (āṅgika), which form a part of the histrionic representation (abhinaya).

2) Sūcīmukha (सूचीमुख) is another name for Sūcyāsya, a Sanskrit technical term referring to a gesture (āṅgika) made with ‘dance hands’ (nṛttahasta), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 8. It is also known by the name Sūcīmukha.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

1) Sūcīmukha (सूचीमुख).—A type of gesture (āṅgika) made with a single hand (asaṃyuta-hasta);—(Instructions): The fore finger of the Kaṭakāmukha hand to be stretched.

(Uses): I shall tell you briefly of its various uses as the forefinger [in it] is raised and bent, moving sideways, shaking, moving up and down, and moving up without any rest. By moving the forefinger upwards [in this hand] are to be represented discus, lightning, banners, blossoms, earring, zigzag movement, a cry of approbation, young serpent, young sprout, incense, lamp, creepers, Śikhaṇḍa, falling down, curve and roundness and with the forefinger raised this [hand] again should be used in [representing] stars, nose, [the number] one, club and stick.

2) Sūcīmukha (सूचीमुख).—A type of gesture (āṅgika) made with dance-hands (nṛttahasta);—(Instructions): The two Sarpaśiraḥ hands with their thumbs touching middle fingers are to stretch their tips obliquely. The Dance-hands are to be used in forming Karaṇas.

Source: archive.org: Natya Shastra

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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).

Purāṇa

1a) Sūcīmukha (सूचीमुख).—One of twenty-eight hells, intended for the haughty and the miserly.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 26. 7 and 36.

1b) A commander of Bhaṇḍa: killed by Tiraskarṇikā.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 21. 78; 24. 9, 44, 96.

1c) A Piśāca clan.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 265.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

In Buddhism

Pali

sūcimukha : (m.) a mosquito.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

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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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