Sarasvati (texts & SAFARA
witzel at FAS.HARVARD.EDU
Thu May 28 11:42:52 UTC 1998
On Tue, 26 May 1998, S. Kalyanaraman wrote:
> Isn't the earliest attestation of 'sa_gara' in Manu?
*sagara* is already found in RV: 10.89.4. But it has somehow escaped
Monier Williams. I did not check the PW, maybe it is already missing
there. In short: don't simply trust "the dictionaries".
RV 10.089.04a indrAya giro anizitasargA apaH prerayaM sagarasya budhnAt |
Isn't it strange that the waters come from the depth of the ocean?
(for those who like natural science. Of course there are passages in the
post-RVic YV texts where the clouds are are said t rise form the ocean...
Then Yajurveda, Manu, Epic, etc.
But : sAgara in Manu etc.
> In Sindhi and Bengali, the lexeme means both an ocean and a
> river/lake. There is of course the tradition of
> the ocean dug up by Sagara.
Michael Witzel witzel at fas.harvard.edu
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