well it has been a while since I was reading or have access to the literature on the subject to be able to find it now.Sekha wrote:I would nevertheless appreciate greater precision on this
none of the others are refering to ones own, it isn't ones own wife, plus who spreads the "flowers", the person going to get married?Sekha wrote:just to remind, in the sentence "one on whom wreaths (of flowers) have been spread", there is no mention of whose fiancée it is supposed to be, and I don't see how you back up the claim that interpreting it as one's own has to be "misrepresentation". If you refer to the no sex before marriage thing, I underlined that would be relevant only to a super conservative society, and whether it was the case at the time of the Buddha or not is only a side issue.
I also don't see any indication of possession in the pali.
but there is another problem with the hypothisis, if it meant no sex before marrage the Attha sila would not be necessary for non-married people, as the precept on celibacy is already there, the Buddha did not stipulate celibacy for all or marrage. I'll point you toward the Dhammika sutta again I linked to earlier on page one.