Sunday, May 27, 2007


"The gait of the vidusaka [a stock fool character in Sanskrit drama] has three comical properties...his corporeal defects (and movements), his talk and because of his costume and make-up. He has protruding teeth, is bald-headed, hunchbacked and lame and has a distorted face. When he makes his entrance in such a way, the laughter is due to his 'limbs.' When, however, he walks like a bird, looking up and down, he is also, owing to his excessively wide strides, laughable due to his limbs. Laughter due to words is the effect of incoherent talk." -- The Natyasastra, quoted in Fools Are Everywhere

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