[INDOLOGY] The Sun as the "21st"
reimann at berkeley.edu
Fri Mar 18 18:44:04 EDT 2016
Although this isn't the subject of your question, I think it is
important to consider that the Ekaviṃśa day in the AB is quite certainly
the summer solstice, and not the "equator."
On 3/18/2016 2:28 AM, James Hartzell wrote:
> Dear Colleagues
> I’ve come across two references in the Brāhmaṇas to the Sun as ‘the
> twenty-first’ –
> ŚB 184.108.40.206 <http://220.127.116.11>: …” It (the plate) is round, for he (the
> Sun) is round. It has twenty-one knobs, for he is the twenty-first. He
> wears it with the knobs outside, for the knobs are his (the Sun's)
> rays, and his rays are outside." (Eggeling 1894:265),”
> AB 4.18: "They perform the ceremonies of the Ekaviṃśa day, which is
> the equator, dividing the year (into two equal parts). By means of the
> performance of this day, the gods had raised the Sun up to the
> heavens. This Ekaviṃśa day on which the Divākīrtya mantra (was
> produced) is preceded by ten days, and followed by ten days, and is in
> the midst (of both periods). On both sides it is thus put in a Virāṭ:
> (the number ten). Being thus put in a Virāṭ (in the number ten) on
> both sides, this (Ekaviṃśa, i.e. the Sun) becomes not disturbed in his
> course through these worlds." (Haug 1977:288-289).
> Does anyone have other references to the Sun as the 21st, and any
> other explanations for this other than these two Brahmana explanations?
> James Hartzell, PhD^(2x)
> Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC)
> The University of Trento, Italy
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