Snakes

Frits Staal jfstaal at SOCRATES.BERKELEY.EDU
Sun Jul 11 13:08:04 EDT 2004


Well it IS a fact not about Sanskrit but about many snakes that they do not
look or behave like chicken but like to eat them.

F. At 05:30 AM 7/11/2004, you wrote:
>KukkuTabha is not a common word in Sanskrit (and one would prefer
>"-aabha"); just a stab in the dark, but I would have thought kukkuTabhak,
>chicken-eater, might be an idea.  But it's completely unsubstantiated.
>
>Dominik
>
>On Sat, 10 Jul 2004, Stephen Hodge wrote:
>
>>Following my last msg, I think I have solved the "bya-gag" problem -- I have
>>now found (by the typical serendipity that seems to occur just *after* one
>>has sent a msg asking for help) that there is a type of snake called the
>>"kukkuTabha", which seems to have been truncated in the Tib to just
>>"kukku.ta".  So my only remaining query here is -- what kind of snake is
>>this that resembles a chicken in some aspect ?
>>
>>Stephen Hodge

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