How a buck/stag could have become a lion!
ucgadkw at ucl.ac.uk
Tue Jul 1 10:16:33 EDT 1997
n Tue, 1 Jul 1997, Georg von Simson wrote:
> >A vyaala is a hunting predator: lion, tiger, etc.
> >A m.rga is a not a predator: mongoose, jackal, cat.
> I fail to understand this. Mongoose, jackal and cat are also hunting
> predators, or do you think they eat grass? :-)
You're right, of course. Umm. I'm not sure how to express this any
better in English. "Big predator v. ordinary animal?" There *is* a
sensible difference between, say, a lion and a cat. Is is just a matter
of the danger level? We talk about "Big cats" meaning much more than
"large moggies". There must be a way of capturing the Sanskrit
distinction in idiomatic (not my idiotic) English. :-)
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