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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 229-232

Manimekalai: The ancient Buddhist Tamil epic, its relevance to psychiatry


Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Mental Health, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ottilingam Somasundaram
Institute of Mental Health, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.183788

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This article refers to materials of psychiatric interest found in the Manimekalai written by the 2nd Century CE Buddhist poet Sathanar. From the early description of a wandering psychotic in the streets of Pukar, the ancient maritime capital of the Cholas it is opined that this description fits that of present-day schizophrenia. A drunkard making fun of a Jain monk and a cross-dressed individual are also found in the same streets. Manimekalai's request to the Chola king to convert the prison to a place of piety with Buddhist monks is mentioned. Lord Buddha's teachings on the compassionate way of life are presented.



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