Skt vocabulary for: Hail
s.hodge at PADMACHOLING.FREESERVE.CO.UK
Wed Jan 19 14:18:30 EST 2000
Hello, Jonathan !
Actually, the source of my enquiry about hail was the
Kaa'syapa-parivarta -- I'm just finishing off a translation for
publication. Given the importance of this early Mahayana text, I was
trying to determine whether there is any data in the text that might
help pinpoint its place of origin. Like you, I have noted the
apparent disparity in meaning for the term "a'sani". However, I
suspect that "hail" is the correct meaning here since Sthiramati's
commentary (both Tib & Ch) explains that this phenomenon causes wounds
or injuries -- lightning would, I imagine, normally result in death.
Since you are possibly also doing some work on the KP, do you have any
ideas about the identity of the "u.s.tra-dhuumaka" insect/worm ?
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