Tongue

Srinjay Chakravarti

Abstract


A poem for Khona. Khona (or Lilabati) was a legendary poetess and astrologer of Bengal, sometime between the ninth and 12th centuries AD. Married to the son of Varahamihira, one of the greatest mathematicians and astronomers of all time, her predictions were said to have surpassed even her father-in-law’s in their precision. The envious Varahamihira (and his son), according to the legend, severed her tongue to silence her, but her vatic rhymes acquired oracular status and are widely recited in Bengal even today.

Keywords


Khona; poetry; violent punishment; female voice

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.25120/etropic.16.2.2017.3607

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