beef eating in RV 8.43.11

thompson at thompson at
Thu Feb 13 22:31:53 UTC 1997

>What would be the English for
>                *ukSAnnAya vaZAnnAya*
>in RV 8.43.11?

Hello Beatrice,

I didn't think that "beef-eater" would be controversial.

ukSA'nna = "whose food consists of bulls"

vaZA'nna = "whose food consists of [non-pregnant] cows"

Both are hapax legomena, and both modify agna'ye.
Agni is in general a great eater of sacrificial victims [paZu'] of all sorts.

Do you interpret these differently?

best wishes,

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