Dating the Veda: Using the Horse and Planets
witzel at FAS.HARVARD.EDU
Thu Jan 20 12:06:48 EST 2000
>> >Many more such instances can be cited.
>Done. At http://sarasvati.listbot.com Click on View the List Archive;
>Message #88 As'va = Horse, ass (R.gveda)
Still only mythology. Most dangerous for secure proof.... Needs detailed
study of the Azvins & Rbhus & Indra to come closer to a decision. Also, a
Vedic car made out of manas? and a Vedic tricycle?? :
>Khilasu_kta also purse the three-wheeled chariot imagery...more on this
>For a true IE horse, see Prof. Carl Darling Buck's group 3.41 (Horse
>Generic) which seems to mention as'va only on the margin...
No, he always looks for *all*, divergent expressions denoting a horse.
Pokorny, J. Indogermanisches etymologisches Worterbuch, Bern/Munchen 1959
which lists relatives of azva (IE *ekwo-s, h1ekwo-s) from Iranian to
Keltic and Tocharian:
* in: Avestan, O. Persian, Ossetic; Greek, Thracian, Lycian; Latin,
O.Irish, O.Anglo-Saxon, O.Saxon, Gothic; Tocharian A +B --> Turkic;
* of fem. azvaa : in Avest., Lat., O.Lith.,
* of adj. azv(i)ya- in: in Avest., Greek, Lat., O. Prussian, Lithuanian.
* also in Pannonian, Illyrian, Tarentian, Epid., ...
It is no big news: if there is a well attested word in virtually all IE
languages, it is the h1ekwo- the horse: Contra Rao quoted by Kalyanaraman...
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