Etymology of puujaa

Axel Michaels michaels at
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Dear Peter,

according to G. Buehnemann (Puujaa. Vienna 1988, p. 30) the etymology of 
puujaa has not yet been explained convincingly. Mayrhofer (Kurzgefasstes 
etymologisches Woerterbuch des Altindischen. 4 vols. Heidelberg 1965-80) 
suggest a derivation from Tamil puucu 'to smeare'. However, Thieme (Kleine 
Schriften, p. 792) connects the word with *pRn^ca kR 'to prepare a mixture 
for someone'. As far as I know there there is no final conclusion regarding 
its etymology. Buehnemann gives a fair account of the various positions.

Best greetings and wishes, Axel

>Dear Members
>In the Tulu-speaking area of coastal Karnataka the term paatri is
 The term puujaari is
>also used in reference to non-brahman 'priests' and the
>distinction is often that the paatri, in addition to performing
>rituals, serves as a possession vehicle for deities. 
>Can anyone give me the latest thought on the derivation of the
>word puuja?  Is it from a Dravidian or Indo-European?  Related to
>what root concepts?
>Peter J. Claus                        
>pclaus at

Prof.Dr. Axel Michaels
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