[INDOLOGY] Origin of Mahācīna
Joseph.Walser at tufts.edu
Thu Mar 10 15:18:29 EST 2016
I have been teaching that cīna in Sanskrit sources refers to the Qin dynasty. I have no idea where I got that, so someone correct me if I am wrong.
Department of Religion
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I've seen cīna, without "mahā-" not infrequently. See, for an example, Mahābhārata 2.23.19 of the critical edition. I can't recall where else off the top of my head.
02,023.019a sa kirātaiś ca cīnaiś ca vṛtaḥ prāgjyotiṣo 'bhavat
02,023.019c anyaiś ca bahubhir yodhaiḥ sāgarānūpavāsibhiḥ
Lecturer in Sanskrit
Department of Classics
On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 2:48 PM, Deven Patel <deven.m.patel at gmail.com<mailto:deven.m.patel at gmail.com>> wrote:
Dear list members,
A Sinologist colleague of mine has raised the following question to me. Any thoughts would be appreciated:
Conventional wisdom among certain Sinologists is that the Western name "China" derives from the Sanskrit Mahācīna, etc. Sinologists do not seem to know, or at least do not cite, sources for this attribution. How old is the name, and how trustworthy are the texts?
Deven M. Patel
South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
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