FW: Sanskrit and Tamil question

Dipak Bhattacharya dbhattacharya2004 at YAHOO.CO.IN
Wed Oct 8 01:31:14 EDT 2008


08 10 08
I am sorry for some avoidable diacritic distortions that crept into my note yesterday. The correction nanānd.r  with post-consonant final vocalic r will perhaps be readable. I again express sorrow for the inconvenience.
DB

--- On Tue, 7/10/08, Loriliai Biernacki <Loriliai.Biernacki at COLORADO.EDU> wrote:

From: Loriliai Biernacki <Loriliai.Biernacki at COLORADO.EDU>
Subject: FW: Sanskrit and Tamil question
To: INDOLOGY at liverpool.ac.uk
Date: Tuesday, 7 October, 2008, 2:54 AM

Can any Tamil scholars or Vedic Sanskritists help with the query I received
below?
Thanks,
Loriliai

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University of Colorado at Boulder
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>  
> If you know someone who knows, could you find out the etymology of the
word
> nadi. This word is used for rivers in the early chapters of the word
> Mahavamsa.
>  
> Offhand, the root seems to be nada - or walk denoting motion in Tamil and
> perhaps other Dravidian languages. In Vedic Sanskrit it is used for the
now
> lost Saraswati River in the Sind, but is used mostly in connection with
the
> nervous system. There is also a possibility of nadi having an Austric
origin.
> Ganga for river is very likely of Austric origin.
>  
> I have a strong hunch that the pre-history of Ceylon was dominated by the
> Austrics - people who did practice agriculture and not all
hunter-gatherers as
> is now represented. Magama (Hambantota) and the Pura in Anuradhapura are
are
> certainly Austric and have a long history before Buddhism. The
Archaelological
> Dept. has shown a long reluctance to go beyond the 3rd Century BC.
>  



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