Looking for a sanskrit image of the word 'dukkha' (suffering)
October 6, 2007 7:41 PM   Subscribe

Hey, I'm trying to find a decently-sized image of the word 'dukkha', written in sanskrit. On the Wiki entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dukkha) you see a very small icon of it, but I can't enlarge it in a satisfying way (it needs to be replicated by an artist friend of mine) Thanks muchly.
posted by heylight to Writing & Language (13 answers total)

CTRL + in Firefox to make it larger

Print Screen to create your image.

Hope that helps.
posted by B(oYo)BIES at 7:52 PM on October 6, 2007

Sorry I didn't link that.

posted by B(oYo)BIES at 8:04 PM on October 6, 2007

larger one here.
posted by parmanparman at 9:02 PM on October 6, 2007

Best answer: Here you go
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 9:03 PM on October 6, 2007

Also, sanskrit font files - I assume these can be used in a vector program like Adobe Illustrator, so your friend can scale as needed.
posted by desjardins at 9:12 PM on October 6, 2007

That's not quite right. It's spelled "duhka", not "dukkha". (the h is a visarga). Here's what it should look like:

posted by gchei at 10:57 PM on October 6, 2007

Best answer: Oops, sorry, here it is:

correct duhka image
posted by gchei at 11:01 PM on October 6, 2007

Oh, I see where you got this. The Wikipedia entry itself actually seems to be misspelled. I just left a note in the Wikipedia discussion section about this.
posted by gchei at 11:24 PM on October 6, 2007

Do not tattoo this on your body.
posted by Mr_Crazyhorse at 11:36 PM on October 6, 2007

Well this turned into a research project... "duhka" is Sanskrit. "dukkha" is Pali. Duh. So if this is in a Buddhist context, you probably want "dukkha".
posted by gchei at 11:39 PM on October 6, 2007

Response by poster: Haha, don't worry Crazyhorse, I'm not tattooing this on myself. It's for a film. Thanks everyone for the quick help, you're the best!
posted by heylight at 2:02 AM on October 7, 2007

Ah, didn't realize the difference between dukkha/dukha. (I thought it was akin to color/colour.)

In that case, Pali fonts.
posted by desjardins at 7:19 AM on October 7, 2007

"duhka" is Sanskrit. "dukkha" is Pali.

Not that simple. From the Wikipedia entry:

according to grammatical tradition from Sanskrit dus-kha "uneasy", but according to Monier-Williams more likely a Prakritized form of dus-stha "unsteady, disquieted"

Note for the confused: Sanskrit s shows up as h in final positions or before certain consonants (like k).
posted by languagehat at 8:01 AM on October 7, 2007

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