Etymon: paTTaN, pattan, patan

Miroslav Rozehnal m63051 at MTC.NTNU.EDU.TW
Sun Nov 16 03:57:43 UTC 1997

One of major Buddhist pilgrimage places is today's Sarnath which was
"back then" called Isipatana.
Now, some derive this "patana" from pat-, thus the meaning would be (isi
is of course "falling of sages" - which sounds funny.
Other explanation is again Skt. patna etc.

Miroslav Rozehnal
Center for Buddhist Studies
National Taiwan University
Taiwan, R.O.C.
E-mail: m63051 at

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