Analysis Of The Magic Doe

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History of South Asia 1 Primary Text Reading Assignment 6 Mirigavati Mirigavati, or The Magic Doe, is the work of Qutban Suhrawardi, a Sufi master who was also a poet and storyteller. Qutban tells the story of a prince who goes on quest for a magic doe. By looking at specific details in the landscapes and buildings in the text, we can more easily understand how Mirigavati might have worked as a means for spiritual education at the time in India.

A close reading of Mirigavati demonstrates how certain descriptions of buildings and landscapes were used to give insight into Sufi teachings and spiritual beliefs. One example of this occurs in after the doe has lured the Prince to a lake deep in the forest. Once he arrives at the lake the doe disappears. Although the Prince jumps into the lake to chase after her, she is gone and he is left alone and in despair. He will not return to the town or his court, but instead choses to sit by the lake under a tree where he meditates on the vision of the doe he has seen. When his companions return to court and inform the Prince's father, the king of his behavior, many people come out to the forest to try and talk to the Prince, only to fail as he is stubborn will not return. He asks his father, the King to build him a red and gold palace with seven floors around the lake. Following this request many different types of craftsmen and builders arrive at the lake to build the palace. The craftsmen and builders decorate the palace with painted scenes and pictures of the magic doe that had taken over the mind and soul Prince. This significant building enco...

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