[INDOLOGY] clearer Q re: vidūṣaka?
baums at lmu.de
Wed Oct 5 09:38:48 EDT 2016
> Is there any other way to derive vidūṣaka from
> vidvāṁs -- perhaps involving some speculative
J.C. Wright suggested just such a derivation via
Middle Indo‐Aryan on p. 21 of his 1965 (published
1966) SOAS inaugural lecture (“Non‐Classical Sanskrit
Other features, notably the highly stereotyped
figure of the pedant (Sanskritized vidūṣaka, i.e.
vidús, Prakrit vidū), and the basic structure of
the dramatic genre, reflected to some extent in
the theory and practice of classical Kāvya, will
have a more distant origin [i.e., more distant
than Buddhist literature].
(This is the passage referred to from Mayrhofers KEWA
s.v. vidūṣakaḥ with the unresolved abbreviation
„Wright, NCSL 21“.)
Dr. Stefan Baums
Institute for Indian and Tibetan Studies
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
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