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An investigative study of the "harem"

Show simple item record Perera, M.A.P. 2019-01-25T05:29:16Z 2019-01-25T05:29:16Z 2018
dc.identifier.citation Perera, M.A.P. (2018). An investigative study of the "harem". International Conference on Sanskrit and Eastern Studies, 2018 Department of Sanskrit and Eastern Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.p36 en_US
dc.description.abstract This investigation consists of the "harem" or the "antaḥpura" which is came from the Sanskrit word " antaḥpura ". Harem was a place where the king of the country goes to realize his stress and spend his leisure time enjoyable with sex. The place where the king's queens were kept inside the palace is called the antaḥpura or the harem. This place is not related to the state's administration. Except the king any other man cannot enter the antaḥpura as this place has a huge security inside it. This security of the antaḥpura was under a female director named "kanchuki" and dwarfs, neuters, and corpus men were also engaged in security service. This antaḥpura situated in a calm and beautiful environment which is near the king's palace. It cannot identify that how many queens were there in the antaḥpura. But the information based on seegiriya proves that two to five hundred queens were kept in the antaḥpura. The main queen always engaged in the things regarding country's welfare and administration. And also the main queen's son becomes the heir to the crown. But the other queens who were in the harem were not having these opportunities. Among these harem queens there were some queens who had different skills. They lived in the special rooms which were made by the king. There is much folklore regarding the antaḥpura. Among them most are regarding the jealousy between the queens and the willingness of the king. When we pay out attention to the Sinhala, Pali, Sanskrit, Arab and Hindi literature we can find more information about the harem. As the king suffers from the stress because he is the controller of his land he goes to have company with his queens in harem. King goes to the harem when he got his leisure time after engage d in the work regarding administration of the country. After having company with his main queen the king comes to the antaḥpura and spends his leisure time enjoyable. Antaḥpura is a small city inside the main inner city. The beautiful women who were in the harem are legally connected to the king after they enter the harem they cannot deal with the external society. The beauty and the location of the harem, beautiful women inside it, comfort inside it, king's willingness to his queens, the officers in the harem, the internal maintenance, why the main queen differs from the other queens are going to discuss from this experiment en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher International Conference on Sanskrit and Eastern Studies, 2018 Department of Sanskrit and Eastern Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka en_US
dc.subject harem or the antaḥpura en_US
dc.subject king; leisure time en_US
dc.subject privacy en_US
dc.subject queens en_US
dc.title An investigative study of the "harem" en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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