1. Kāḷī.– See Kāḷakaṇṇī (3).
2. Kāḷī.– Called Kulagharikā, described among laywomen as the best of those who believe even from hearsay (anussavappasannānaṃ) (A.i.26). She was the mother of Soṇa-
Kāḷī was considered most senior among the women who became Stream-
3. Kāḷī.– Maidservant of Vedehikā of Sāvatthi. Vedehikā was reputed to be gentle and meek, but Kāḷī, who was a bright girl and a good worker, thought she would test her mistress. One day she rose late and, on being reproved, spoke very lightly of her fault. Finding that Vedehikā lost her temper, Kāḷī repeated her offence several times, until one day her mistress struck her with a lynch-
4. Kāḷī.– A female Māra, sister of Dūsī (q.v.) and mother of the Māra of the present age (Vasavatti?). (M.i.333)
5. Kāḷī.– A crematrix (chavadāhikā) of Sāvatthi. Seeing Mahākāḷa meditating in the cemetery, she cut off from a recently cremated body its thighs and arms, and making of them a sort of milk bowl, placed it near where the Thera sat. Thag.151; ThagA.i.271; more details are given in DhA.i.57 ﬀ.
6. Kāḷī.– A yakkhinī. A householder, having a barren wife, married another woman, a friend of the former. Every time a child was conceived, the first wife brought about a miscarriage; at last the second wife died through a miscarriage and, on her deathbed, vowed to take her revenge. After several births, in which each, alternately, devoured the children of the other, the second wife became an ogress named Kāḷī and the first wife was born in a good family. Twice the ogress ate the latter’s children; on the third occasion Kāḷī was occupied in Vessavaṇa’s service and the child was left unhurt. On his naming day the parents took him to Jetavana, and there, as the mother was giving suck to her child, while her husband bathed in the monastery pool, she saw the ogress and, being terrified, dashed into the monastery where the Buddha was teaching. The guardian deity, Sumana, prevented Kāḷī’s entrance, but the Buddha, having heard the story, sent for Kāḷī and taught her, whereupon she became a Stream-
7. Kāḷī.– Wife of Koṭūhalaka (q.v.) and mother of Kāpi (DhA.i.169). When Koṭūhalaka was born as Ghosaka, she became his wife after having saved his life (DhA.i.181). See Ghosaka.
8. Kāḷī.– A maidservant of the treasurer (seṭṭhi) of Kosambī. She it was who secured Ghosaka (q.v.) for the treasurer, and when the treasurer wished to get rid of him, the task was entrusted to her. Seven times she tried to have him killed, but all her attempts failed (DhA.i.174 ﬀ). Later Kāḷī confessed her share in the treasurer’s crime, and seems to have been forgiven by both Ghosaka and his wife (DhA.i.186 f).
9. Kāḷī.– A courtesan of Bārāṇasī, sister of Tuṇḍila. She earned one thousand a day. Tuṇḍila was a debauchee, and so wasted her money that she refused to give him any more and had him cast out. A merchant’s son, visiting Kāḷī, found Tuṇḍila in despair and gave him his own clothes. When the latter left the courtesan’s house the next day, the clothes with which he had been provided according to custom were taken away, and he had to walk the streets naked.
The story is included in the Takkāriya Jātaka (J.iv.248 ﬀ). In the stanzas of the Jātaka, Kāḷī is also called Kāḷikā.