uraga and AlavAy

Swaminathan Madhuresan smadhuresan at YAHOO.COM
Fri Apr 2 21:27:34 UTC 1999

> On the contrary, David Shulman and following him William Harman have simply
> missed the mark in understanding the true history of the name AlavAy.

 Another case of wrong translation from Tamil into Sanskrit:
 The word 'Aalam' meaning the banyan tree was misunderstood as hAla/hAlahAla
 (poison), and the story was spun for the Big Snake encircling
 Maturai (hAlAsya myth).


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