[INDOLOGY] Arya as prefix or suffix

Martin Gansten martin.gansten at pbhome.se
Sat Sep 12 04:10:21 EDT 2015


One occasionally comes across /ārya/ in Sanskrit texts either suffixed 
to a name (e.g., Rāmānujārya) or prefixed to it (e.g., 
Āryāvalokiteśvara), but I haven't seen this often enough to be certain 
if either variant is peculiar to a particular region, religious 
community, etc. (The two examples given are representative of my limited 
experience.) As a result, I am uncertain how to understand the 
occasional /ārya/ in a compounded list of names. I'd be grateful if the 
vidvans of the list could tell me whether it is more usual as a prefix 
or suffix, or under what circumstances this might vary.

Martin Gansten

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