Bonnie and Clyde Syndrome (Hybristophilia) and the Buddhist Jathaka Stories
Posted on February 15th, 2017

Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge

Bonnie and Clyde Syndrome or Hybristophilia is a paraphilia of the predatory type in which sexual arousal, facilitation, and attainment of orgasm are responsive to and contingent upon being with a partner known to have committed an outrage, cheating, lying, known infidelities or crime, such as rape, or murder.

On the 23rd May, 1934, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were shot to death by police in Louisiana, the culmination of one of the most spectacular manhunts of the time. They were understood to have committed 13 murders, usually during the commission of armed robberies. Barrow was also suspected of killing two police officers and kidnapping a couple in Louisiana.17 When Parker met Barrow she was already married to an imprisoned killer; it is clear that she was attracted to Barrow for being a dangerous person. The paraphilia of being sexually aroused by someone who has committed an outrageous or horrific crime is called Hybristophilia but it has also been dubbed the Bonnie and Clyde syndrome (Helen, 2014).

The Buddhist literature reveals about a rich girl named Kundala Keshi who was sternly attracted to a criminal when she accidently saw him through her window. The King’s men were taking him to the burial ground to decapitate. His well built physique with rough vagabond look strongly attracted to her. She immediately fell in love with the criminal. She urged her wealthy father to rescue the outlaw from the King’s men. The affluent father bribed the King’s men and released the criminal. He was secretly brought to Kundala Keshi’s house and they become husband and wife.

After sometime the husband with criminal intensions plots to kill his wife and rob her precious jewellery. He takes Kundala Keshi to a mountain to worship a god. When they go to the top of the mountain the bandit husband gets ready to kill her. Kundala Keshi begs him to set her free. But the husband is determined to kill her and take hold of her jewellery. Frightened Kundala Keshi sees no getaway. Somehow she tricks her husband and pushes him over the cliff. The bandit husband was doomed to a violent death. After these shocking events she has no wish to go home. She becomes a Bhikkhuni or female Buddhist monastic.

Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge

2 Responses to “Bonnie and Clyde Syndrome (Hybristophilia) and the Buddhist Jathaka Stories”

  1. Christie Says:

    So bribing is a very old Indian tradition.

  2. AnuD Says:

    There is a saying that Love and hate are very close to each other, only the distnce of a hair. Again, Soldiers are better killers when they are sexually-starved. Sex solves, at least temporarily, many domestic issues. Further to that. both Sex and Love are influenced by Testesterone. Generally, instead of war, make love.

    does the above explain something about the mind “sanathana dharma”.

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