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2013 | 15: Text History and Society as Depicted in Indian Literature and Art. Part II. ŚRAVYA. Poetry & Prose | 23-36
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Political Metaphors in the "Mahākāvya": The Conceptual Metaphor the state is the human body in Māgha’s "Śiśupālavadha"

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Politics is one of the subjects most frequently dealt with in Classical Sanskrit literature (kāvya), which, naturally, reflects, in its own specific manner, the most important aspects of the reality of life in its predominantly courtly milieu. In Sanskrit court epic poems (mahākāvya, sargabandha), stanzas concerning politics figure prominently especially in descriptions of rulers and their activities (rituals, military campaigns, etc.), as well as in speeches of characters taking part in the scenes of councils (mantra) and the dispatch or reception of envoys (dūta), which are all typical elements of the genre. The present paper employs the methods of cognitive linguistics, which have proven to be highly applicable in literary criticism, including the analysis of Vedic texts and Aśvaghosa’s Saundarananda, as well as in research into politics and social issues, to examine in detail the conceptual metaphor the state is the human body in the relevant passages of Māgha’s Śiśupālavadha.
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  • University of Warsaw
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