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Sīhabāhu

Father of Vijaya.

According to legend, his father was a lion and his mother a princess of Vaṅga (see Susīmā). His hands and feet were like a lion’s paws. He had a sister, Sīhasīvalī.

When he was sixteen he escaped with his mother and sister and arrived in the capital of Vaṅga. Later he killed his father for a reward and was offered the throne of Vaṅga.

He refused this and founded a city, Sīhapura, in his native country of Lāla, and there lived with Sīhasīvalī, whom he made his consort. They had thirty-two children, of whom Vijaya was the eldest and Sumitta the second. Dpv.ix.2‑6; Mhv.vi.11 f , 24‑38; viii.2, 6.

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