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Lokantaranirayā

A series of hells, each one being bound by three world systems (cakkavāḷa). (Cp. Sp.i.120; SNA.ii.443).

Each hell is eight thousand leagues in extent. Beings are born there as a result of heinous crimes, “like those of Coranāga or Corābhaya, both of Tambapaṇṇī-dīpa.” Their bodies are three quarters of a league (three gāvuṭas) in height and with their long nails they cling to the Cakkavāḷapabbata. Sometimes they fall into the world-bearing water (lokasandhāraka-udaka) and are dried up because of its great salinity (AA.ii.532). Elsewhere (NidA.8; SNA.i.59) they are said to suffer from extreme cold. Those holding wrong views are also born there (J.vi.247).

According to the Buddhavaṃsa Commentary (BuA., p.26), Lokantara is the hell of the Asurakāyā.

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