is a courtesan, who is treated as a queen by the town and spotted by Siddhartha as she travels by sedan into a pleasure grove. Her smile shows him that she has the potential to love him and show him great things. She represents a new goal for Siddhartha that persuades him to give up his ascetic life and learn the art of love, which he does very well, and the pair share a deep kinship despite their different backgrounds. Kamala is also very spiritual and after Siddhartha leaves the town, Kamala converts to the teaching of the Buddha and gives her pleasure grove to the monks. She dies in the hut of the ferryman. Before Siddhartha departs, though, he and Kamala conceive a son. The gifts she has given to Siddhartha become clear and symbolized by this son, young Siddhartha, who provides Siddhartha with a legacy and a vision of his life’s cycle.
Kamala Quotes in Siddhartha
The Siddhartha quotes below are all either spoken by Kamala or refer to Kamala. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Classics edition of Siddhartha published in 1999.).
Part 2, Chapter 5 Quotes
“Why should I fear a samana, a foolish samana from the forest, who comes from the jackals and does not yet know what a woman is?”
Kamala Character Timeline in Siddhartha
The timeline below shows where the character Kamala appears in Siddhartha. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part Two, Chapter 5 – Kamala
Part Two, Chapter 6 – Among the Child People
...impressed and invites Siddhartha into his home, and showers him with rich things. Siddhartha remembers Kamala’s words and treats the merchant as a peer and does not submit to him or... (full context)
Part Two, Chapter 7 – Samsara
Part Two, Chapter 8 – By the River
Part Two, Chapter 9 – The Ferryman
Part Two, Chapter 10 – The Son