Dravidian Cryptography:Aasanga

DEVARAKONDA VENKATA NARAYANA SARMA narayana at hd1.vsnl.net.in
Fri Sep 5 09:32:09 UTC 1997

At 05:38 AM 9/3/97 BST, you wrote:
>Dear members of the List,
>While I wait for the enlightment I asked for regarding a few questions in my
>posting today, and while we consider NArada's resume which he submitted
>yesterday in my posting, I thought I would take a leaf from my work book, and
>write a note about another rishi Aasanga, who was the son of Playoga. This
>rishi, according to the information about him, got into a predicament: the
>gods cursed him to become a woman. He appealed to another rishi Medhatithi
>about this condition, and Medatithi helped him get his male sex back. Aasanga
>was pleased to no end. He gave great gifts to his benefactor, and addressed
>to him some verses of praise which are in the Rig-veda to this day. It is
>thought that this legend conceals that the author of these verses attributed
>to Aasanga was also a woman, or at the least, a eunuch, and not a man at all.
>In Dravidian Kannada, the word: hengasu, precisely denotes: female (DED.
>#4395), and the name Aasanga, (the bearer of which was cursed by the gods to
>become a woman), is an inverted and substituted form of this Kannada word:
>hengasu. Again, by realizing the existence and operation of the linguistic
>phenomenon of inversion and substitution, we have realized that the legend
>concerning Aasanga is not an idle one. I do not think we can dispute the fact
>that Indology is getting to be more interesting. Best regards.
>V. Keerthi Kumar
><  http://www.mninter.net/~kumar/  >
>email:  <  dkumar6248 at aol.com  >.      

The word `hengasu' which being connected with Asanga is actually `pengasu'.
In both tamil and telugu 'peN' means woman. Prounouncing `p' as `h' is
a peculiarity of kannada only not dravidian in general.The word Asanga
does not contain even a trace of `p'.


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