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

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


Ottilingam Somasundaram, AG Tejus Murthy 
 Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Mental Health, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ottilingam Somasundaram
Institute of Mental Health, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
India

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.


How to cite this article:
Somasundaram O, Tejus Murthy A G. Manimekalai: The ancient Buddhist Tamil epic, its relevance to psychiatry.Indian J Psychiatry 2016;58:229-232


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Somasundaram O, Tejus Murthy A G. Manimekalai: The ancient Buddhist Tamil epic, its relevance to psychiatry. Indian J Psychiatry [serial online] 2016 [cited 2021 Feb 27 ];58:229-232
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