pclaus at s1.csuhayward.edu
Mon Sep 18 19:30:07 EDT 1995
Date: September 18, 1995
indology at Liverpool.ac.uk
In the Tulu-speaking area of coastal Karnataka the term paatri is
used in reference to non-brahman 'priests'. The term puujaari is
also used in reference to non-brahman 'priests' and the
distinction is often that the paatri, in addition to performing
rituals, serves as a possession vehicle for deities.
I am interested in opinions you might have as to the derivation
of the term paatri (which the Manner Tulu-English dictionary
gives as paatiri). There seems to me to be several possible
leads with cognates in other languages.
1) (Sanskrit?) paatre (paatra): a vessel, a drinking vessel
2) (Sanskrit) paati (as in paati-vrata): having to do with being
chaste, worthy (paatrata)
3) (Telugu) paatara (or something like that): falling, dancing
Any of these could fit the case, it seems to me.
Can anyone give me the latest thought on the derivation of the
word puuja? Is it from a Dravidian or Indo-European? Related to
what root concepts?
Peter J. Claus
pclaus at csuhayward.edu
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