Sukhashaya, aka: Sukhaśayā; 1 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Sukhaśayā can be transliterated into English as Sukhasaya or Sukhashaya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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Sukhaśayā (सुखशया) is the name of a witch and friend of Bandhudattā, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 37. Accordingly, “... when she [Bandhudattā] said this, her friend Sukhaśayā, who was a witch, answered her: ‘I know two spells: by reciting one of them a man can be in a moment made an ape, if a string is fastened round his neck, and by the second, if the string is loosed, he will immediately become a man again; and while he is an ape his intelligence is not diminished’.”.

The story of Sukhaśayā and Bandhudattā was narrated by Gomukha in order to demonstrate that “it is true that chaste women are few and far between, but unchaste women are never to be trusted”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Sukhaśayā, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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