Skt. preta, drav. pEtu, and vaitaraNi

Swaminathan Madhuresan smadhuresan at YAHOO.COM
Wed Apr 4 14:49:27 EDT 2001


Also, of interest:
http://listserv.linguistlist.org/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0004&L=indology&P=R12922


--- Stephen Hodge <s.hodge at PADMACHOLING.FREESERVE.CO.UK> wrote:
> N. Ganesan wrote:
>
> > Tamil-Kannada words pEy/pEtu ('spirit of the dead') are rooted
> > in sounds like bE/pE (shouting when people get fear or become
> > afraid).
>
> Nice to see you are back !
> It may be completely coincidental and unconnected but do you know of
> the mantra syllable "pha.t" used in Buddhist tantra,  primarily to
> dispel internal or external negativity ?  Curiously, the Tibetans,
> following Tibetan pronunciation, say it as "phey".
>
> Best wishes,
> Stephen Hodge


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